Support for Donald Trump among Republicans has declined in the past month, leaving him slightly behind Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for GOP presidential nominee, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted after a combative debate performance that soured some voters on the New York businessman.
Trump had enjoyed a double-digit lead over his rivals, but the new poll found support for him falling by seven percentage points since mid-January. Among registered voters who said they would participate in a GOP primary, he drew 26% in the new survey, narrowly trailing Cruz, who had 28%.
The decline in support for Trump comes after four other GOP candidates have dropped out of the race, a winnowing of the field that has benefited his remaining rivals. The poll also shows that if the primary came down to a head-to-head choice, both Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio could beat Trump by double-digit margins.
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