Poll: No change in top tier of GOP field, but Bush favorability plummets

A new Monmouth University survey shows no movement at the top of the polls where Donald Trump and Ben Carson have become fixtures in first and second place. But former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush drew a remarkable blow to his favorability rating, which sunk to a new low.

Trump remains first overall at 28 percent, followed by Carson at 18 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at ten percent, Carly Fiorina at 6 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 6 percent. Bush comes in sixth place, one percentage point better than former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and two ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Bush, who dropped to sixth in the Washington Examiner's most recent power rankings, has suffered a stunning drop in his favorability rating. The poll showed his rating sits seven points underwater, with 37 percent of respondents viewing him favorably and 44 percent viewing him unfavorably. He fared much better in Monmouth's August poll, when 52 percent of respondents viewed him favorably and 30 percent viewed him unfavorably.

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"The money train may be chugging along for the Bush campaign, but the polling train has been steadily losing steam," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Carson garnered the best favorability rating among the GOP candidates, at 65 percentage points favorable to 11 points unfavorable, but his unfavorable numbers grew five points since September. Trump and Cruz also have favorability numbers above 50 percent, while 49 percent of respondents viewed Rubio favorably.

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