Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP presidential field by a wide margin according to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll, the first in a new round from the polling partners.
NBC and the pollster have just extended their partnership in the weekly polls through 2018--they are released every Tuesday--and the first in that new series shows Trump at 35% support among Republicans compared to 18% for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and 13% for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
When asked whether they plan to change their minds about Trump (and eventually support another candidate), half (51%) said they were sure they would not.
Trump is also leading among white evangelical voters at 33% compared to 20% for Cruz--who has been wooing that segment--and 10% for Rubio. Dr. Ben Carson was at 12% of those voters.
The poll was conducted Dec. 28-Jan. 3 among 3,700 people 18-plus. The percentages are of the Republican or "Republican-leaning" registered voter members of that sample (949). The margin of error for that Republican or "leaning" registered voters sample is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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