A new poll by Monmouth University, released on Monday morning, indicates that the entrenched RINO GOP establishment could be in huge trouble in the 2016 elections.
The poll shows a huge shakeup among Republican presidential candidates, with Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star, leading the pack and Carly Fiorina, a successful businesswomen coming in third. None of these three have ever held public office.
Senator Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative who has fought what he calls the “Washington Cartel,” the establishment in both parties, comes in fourth place, indicating all four slots are occupied by candidates considered non-establishment, anti-Washington power types.
The most significant increase was made by Dr. Carson, who has soared into a tie for the top spot with Donald Trump at 23% of the poll.
Carly Fiorina received 10%, while Ted Cruz received 9% of the votes from those polled. Scott Walker (7%), Jeb Bush (5%), John Kasich (4%), Marco Rubio (4%), and Rand Paul (3%), round out the poll, with the last two Iowa caucus winners, Mick Huckabee and Rick Santorum, respectively, both receiving only 2% of the vote.
“These results mark a significant shake-up in the leaderboard from Monmouth’s Iowa poll taken before the first debate,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ. “Carson and, to a lesser extent, Fiorina have surged, while Walker has faded into the background.”
Furthermore, the race is still extremely fluid, the poll found, with only 12% of likely Republican caucusgoers saying that they are completely decided on which candidate they will support.
Stunningly, even though Trump has previously called for universal health care and wealth taxes, as well as flip-flopping on issues like Planned Parenthood funding, the billionaire leads among Tea Party supporters.
Trump leads Carson 27% to 22% among Tea Party supporters, with Cruz at 16%. Among non-supporters of the Tea Party, Carson takes a 25% to 19% lead over Trump.