The three Republican presidential candidates have been dominating national and battleground state polls in recent weeks, with Trump leading by double digits in most of them.
Now they are looking to make up ground on each other in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and in the latest CNN/ORC survey, Trump leads Cruz by 13 percentage points.
Trump’s advantage is especially large among women.
Trump leads by 20 points among women with 18 percent saying they will vote for him.
He also leads among white women (23 points) and whites without a college degree (26 points).
Trump also leads by 17 points among men with 28 percent saying he will win their vote.
Trump also has a large lead among people who have a high school diploma or less.
Trump also has the edge among people without a high-school diploma by a wide margin: by nearly 8 points.
But that advantage is small in comparison to the overall advantage Trump has among the white working class.
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By 17 points.
Cruz leads Trump among college graduates by 20.
And Trump leads among college-educated whites by a margin of 8 points each.
But among college students without a degree, Trump trails Cruz by 15 points.
And Trump trails among college college-graduates without a bachelor’s degree by a whopping 28 points.
The poll shows the race among college educated whites is essentially tied.
Trump also trails among white college-graduate voters by 20, but is ahead among white voters without a post-graduate degree by 25 points.
This survey of 1,200 likely voters in Iowa and New Hampshire was conducted from Jan. 3-5 and has a margin for error of plus or minus 4 percentage points for the full sample.
For more, see the CNN/ORSEC poll results.
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