More than 50 percent of New Hampshire voters surveyed chose a political outsider as their top pick in the GOP presidential primary race, according to a new a poll by WBUR — Boston’s NPR station.
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is closing in on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in New Hampshire, according to the poll.
Carson recently tied Trump in one poll in Iowa and nationally he’s jumped to second place behind Trump since the first GOP presidential primary debate last month.
In the poll, Trump has 22 percent support and Carson has 18 percent.
Carly Fiorina— the declared winner of the first GOP presidential primary debate — came in third with 11 percent.
The candidates placed in the following order:
- Donald Trump – 22 percent
- Ben Carson – 18 percent
- Carly Fiorina – 11 percent
- Jeb Bush – 9 percent
- John Kasich – 9 percent
- Ted Cruz – 5 percent
- Rand Paul – 4 percent
- Chris Christie – 3 percent
- Marco Rubio – 2 percent
- Scott Walker – 1 percent
- Mike Huckabee – 1 percent
Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore each received less than one percent.
The poll results showed that New Hampshire primary voters thought it was “very important” that their candidate “says what he or she truly believes.”
Results also revealed that roughly 24 percent of Republican voters in New Hampshire think it’s “very important” for their candidate to have experience in elected office.
More than 90 percent of Carson supporters polled said they want to see their candidate say what he or she truly believes. Roughly 85 percent of Fiorina supporters said they want a candidate who can bring real change to Washington.
The poll was conducted with 404 likely primary voters September 12th through 14th and has a plus or minus margin of error of 4.9 percent.