Super Tuesday

Trump Drops Slightly, Clinton Holds Steady in New Poll

As voters in South Carolina and Nevada prepare to weigh in on the presidential nominating contests this weekend, a new Morning Consult national survey shows little movement at the top.

On the GOP side, billionaire and front-runner Donald Trump dropped three percentage points, bringing in 41 percent of the vote. At 12 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s support was also slightly down. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up a little momentum to finish second with 14 percent. Ben Carson also saw small gains, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush each dropped a percentage point.

 February 15-16, 2016February 10-11, 2016February 3-7, 2016
Donald Trump41%44%38%
Marco Rubio14%10%15%
Ted Cruz12%17%17%
Ben Carson11%10%9%
Jeb Bush7%8%6%
John Kasich3%4%2%
Someone Else3%1%6%
Don't Know/No Opinion9%6%8%

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton increased her lead slightly with 47 percent of the vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held steady at 39 percent.

 February 15-16, 2016February 10-11, 2016February 3-7, 2016
Hillary Clinton47%46%50%
Bernie Sanders39%39%37%
Someone Else5%8%5%
Don't Know/No Opinion9%7%8%

The Morning Consult survey polled 1,763 registered voters on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, for a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. See the toplines and crosstabs.

 

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