According to a recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Ted Cruz inches ahead of Trump by 28% to 26%. Marco Rubio is at 17%, John Kasich at 11%, Ben Carson at 10% and Jeb Bush at 4%.
The poll was conducted after the New Hampshire primary and after the South Carolina debate where Trump’s behavior and messages were a new low even for him.
If the race narrows to two Republican candidates, Cruz beats Trump by 56% to 40%. If the candidates were to be Rubio and Trump, Rubio wins 57% to 41%. Only 56% of Republicans now say they could envision themselves supporting Trump while 70% could support Rubio and 65% could support Cruz.
This poll also showed that 81% of Republicans opposed the Senate confirmation of any candidate for the Supreme Court nominated by President Obama.
More on the poll here.