- The Washington Times - Monday, February 29, 2016

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has raced out to a 33-point lead over his nearest Republican competitor in a national poll released one day ahead of Super Tuesday.

Mr. Trump was at 49 percent in the CNN/ORC poll released Monday, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 16 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 15 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was at 10 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich was at 6 percent.

In a CNN/ORC poll taken in late January, Mr. Trump had been at 41 percent, with Mr. Cruz in second place at 19 percent and Mr. Rubio in third at 8 percent.

Mr. Trump easily won on the questions of who would be most effective at solving the country’s problems, who can best handle the responsibilities of being commander-in-chief, and who best understands the problems facing people like you.

Mr. Trump was also judged the most honest and trustworthy by a 13-point margin over Mr. Carson, 35 percent to 22 percent.

Trump supporters also appear to be more committed; 78 percent said they are definitely supporting him versus 22 percent who said they could still change their minds. Among people supporting other candidates, 57 percent said they are committed.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who crushed Sen. Bernard Sanders in South Carolina Saturday, had a 17-point lead over Mr. Sanders, 55 percent to 38 percent.

The polling was conducted from Feb. 24-27.

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