Donald Trump is far ahead of his Republican primary challengers, according to the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll, a point not lost of Trump, who tweeted his "thank you" to the poll respondents, and is in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Hillary Clinton (41.4% for Clinton, 40.8% for Trump) if that were the general election match-up.
According to a tracking poll released Friday, Trump has a 40.6% share of the 582 people polled, more than the next four GOP challengers combined (Ted Cruz, 10.5%; Ben Carson, 9.7%; Jeb Bush, 9.2%; and Marco Rubio, 7.2%).
Trump was also tweeting Fox News polls that had him ahead of Cruz in Iowa (the caucus is Feb. 1) with 34% of likely Republican caucus-goers to Cruz's 23% and 31% to 14% in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire poll was among 401 Republicans and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points. The Iowa poll was among 378 Republican caucus-goers with a similar margin of error.
The margin for the Reuters/Ipsos poll was not immediately available.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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