Donald Trump surges to 35 percent support in new national poll

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Trump polls show surge of support
Dave Evans in the studio with the story.

NEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has climbed 13 percentage points since mid-October to 35 percent support in a new national CBS News/New York Times poll released today. He more than doubles the support of his nearest rivals.

The poll was taken both before and after Trump's recent call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Sen. Ted Cruz garnered 16 percent support, quadrupling his support from late-October. On the other hand, neurosurgeon Ben Carson earned 13 percent - just half of his support from late October. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had 9 percent.

This is the second national poll in the last week to show Trump's support in the mid-30s.

Recent polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina, both crucial states in the Republican nominating process, have shown Trump with commanding leads. Polling in Iowa shows Trump and Cruz locked in a close battle.