Poll: Republicans less open to voting Bush than Trump

In most polls, including the Examiner's Power Rankings, Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field, but Ben Carson continues to nip at his heels a little more than a week out from the next GOP debate.

According to the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump continues to hold a tenuous lead over Carson, 25 percent to 22 percent.

In addition, Sen. Marco Rubio has also surged into the spot just south of the two outsiders, pulling in 13 percent support, which is up from 11 percent in September.

Following the Florida senator is the trio of Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Carly Fiorina, who pull 9, 8, and 7 percent, respectively. Fiorina garnered 11 percent support in the previous WSJ poll.

Strikingly, the poll also shows that more GOP voters would be willing to pull the lever for Trump than Bush, who has been battling the real estate mogul throughout the early part of the race. Forty-four percent of respondants said they could not see themselves supporting the Florida governor, while only 36 percent said the same of Trump. In March, that number stood at 74 percent for Trump, a massive turn for the good for Trump's viability.

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