Rubio jumps to third place in New Hampshire, according to new poll
Marco Rubio has jumped into third place in New Hampshire and his support has tripled since September, according to a new Monmouth University Poll.
Donald Trump continues to lead the state, with 29 percent of GOP primary voters. Ben Carson is in second with 16 percent and Rubio with 13 percent. (Rubio had polled at 4 percent in September, down from 6 percent in July.) John Kasich is fourth with 11 percent.
Ted Cruz gets 9 percent and Jeb Bush 7 percent, followed by Carly Fiorina with 5 percent.
“Marco Rubio’s standout performance in the last debate seems to have paid dividends in a contest that was supposed to be dominated by his former mentor Jeb Bush,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ. “Rubio’s new-found support seems to be a little softer than for other candidates at the front of the pack, but it is not particularly solid for anybody.”
In another good sign for Rubio, his 62 percent favorable and 19 percent unfavorable rating is up from a 50 percent-26 percent in September.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from October 29 to November 1, 2015 with 410 New Hampshire voters likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary. This sample has a margin of error of +4.8 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.