A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday shows a shank-up in the presidential race-particularly among Republican presidential candidates. Supporters of Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley are pressing for more.
With all that, count Carson among those paying attention as he addressed West's possible candidacy and the props he gave him during an interview with Vanity Fair during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday (Sept. 27).
In recent polls, Carson was in second place, but several percentage points away from Trump. Rubio was just at 5 percent, and Fiorina didn't register at all in the poll. She had essentially no support when the previous NBC/WSJ poll was conducted in July, but has jumped into a tie for third place. And while Trump is up two points from July the average of surveys over the past few months clearly shows why that may not exactly be good news for his campaign.
While Hillary Clinton still leads Democrats, the potential of Joe Biden entering the race would be a negative for the former Secretary of State, not her main competitor: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
On the GOP side, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are also viewed positively by a net percentage of Americans, at 8 and 7 percent, respectively.
The poll also showed that Sen. However, President Barack Obama outdoes them all with a net positive score of +73 points among the party faithful (86 percent favorable vs. 13 percent unfavorable). But Mr Trump is now essentially tied with Mr Carson, and significant movement has occurred among candidates just behind them.
In the latest poll, Clinton garnered 42 percent support from the people polled, while Sanders got 35 percent.
It is very likely that by the time of the next GOP debate, at the end of October, only 6 or 7 candidates will poll at 5 percent or higher.
While she registered at only 2 percent back in July - 28 percent of Republican primary voters now like her as their first or second choice in the GOP race.
Clinton maintains a much larger lead over Sanders, 53 to 38 percent if Biden doesn't run, suggesting Biden would peel away much of Clinton's support. As they begin to pay more attention, Clinton is losing more support.