Ben Carson has surged into the lead among Iowa Republicans, a new Quinnipiac University poll said Thursday.
Carson bumped national front-runner Donald Trump, who had led in Iowa polls last month. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with strong appeal to the state’s conservative evangelical voters, had 28 percent, while the real estate mogul had 20 percent. Iowa holds the nation’s first presidential caucus Feb. 1.
Carson got a lot of help from women, and his image was sterling. Eighty-four percent of Republicans said he shared their values while nine of 10 said he was honest and trustworthy. He had a 33-13 advantage over Trump among women.
There was encouraging news for Trump. He led six national polls this month. And in Iowa, he was far ahead of Carson when voters were asked who could best handle the economy, taxes and illegal immigration. Carson tops Trump for his ability to handle social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
Third in the Oct. 14-20 poll was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at 13 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at 10 percent.