A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday finds the real-estate mogul leading the Republican primary with 36% support among Republican voters, a 19-point edge over the Texas senator, who is second at 17%. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has 11%, and all other candidates are in single digits.
The poll also asked voters if they believe Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, is a natural-born citizen and thus eligible for the presidency. While two-thirds said he was, 12% said he was not and 24% weren’t sure.
Monmouth asked the same of Trump for comparison, and found that 91% of Republicans said he’s a natural-born citizen, 2% said he’s not and 7% weren’t sure.
President Barack Obama has also faced steady skepticism about his U.S. citizenship despite the fact that he was born in Hawaii. In a 2014 Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, 19% of Americans said Obama was definitely or probably not a legal U.S. citizen.
For its poll, Monmouth surveyed 1,003 adults by telephone from January 15 to 18, including 385 Republican voters. The Republican sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Polls have continually shown Trump leading the field since this summer, though Cruz has drawn neck-and-neck with the billionaire businessman in Iowa.
In a separate poll, released by Florida Atlantic University was released on Wednesday says Donald Trump is crushing the competition among likely Florida voters.
The Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative says when it comes to likely Floridian Republican voters, Donald Trump draws 47 percent of the vote, Sen. Ted Cruz came in second with 15 percent, and Marco Rubio came in third with 11 percent of likely voters.
In North Carolina, Donald Trump is building his lead according to Public Policy Polling. Its new poll puts him at 38 percent to 16 percent for Ted Cruz, 11 percent for Marco Rubio, 8 percent for Ben Carson, 6 percent each for Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, 4 percent for Chris Christie, 3 percent each for Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, 2 percent for John Kasich, and 1 percent for Rick Santorum, Tom Jensen writes on the PPP blog.
The survey was done before Sarah Palin’s endorsement, so Trump may still be rising. He was at 33 percent in the state a month ago. The North Carolina primary is March 15. Key endorsements for Rubio haven’t helped him. He’s dropped 3 points.