Donald Trump’s lead in South Carolina appears to be growing.
The New York billionaire received 42 percent support in a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday, his high-water mark among likely Republican primary voters in the Palmetto State.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was second at 20 percent in the new survey.
Trump’s 22-percentage point lead is his largest in South Carolina since he took the lead in the state this summer, according to data collected by Real Clear Politics.
The new poll was the fourth of S.C. Republicans released since Trump won Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary to show the former reality-TV star leading in the Palmetto State. The CBS survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent, was taken before Saturday’s GOP debate in Greenville.
Like other polls, Trump was the favorite of a cross-section of S.C. GOP voters — from moderates to conservatives to evangelicals. He also received the most support among voters choosing the candidate most ready to be president and the candidate seen as part of the solution to the country’s problems.
Cruz led among voters who identify themselves as very conservative.
U.S. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was third in the CBS poll at 15 percent, roughly the same support he has received in the state since November.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich placed fourth at 9 percent. Kasich has risen in S.C. polls since finishing second in New Hampshire.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired Maryland neurosurgeon Ben Carson were tied at fifth at 6 percent. Bush, once the front-runner in South Carolina, has fallen to fifth in an average of S.C. polls.
The S.C. Republican presidential primary takes place Feb. 20.
New SC GOP presidential poll
CBS News/YouGov poll taken before the debate on Saturday in Greenville