Ben Carson, the Black Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon, fares strongest in his party in a general election against Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, according to results released Thursday by Public Policy Polling.
Carson, who is soft-spoken and loves to wave around his storied “gifted hands” during speeches, wins in a tie with Clinton at 44 percent, and leads Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders 42/36 in a general election match up.
Not only that, he is the only declared candidate who beats out his competitors in favorability ratings. Forty-one percent of voters nationally see him positively and only 30 percent have a negative opinion. He ties with Clinton on the basis of a 43/35 advantage with independents, the results show.
The only other person close to his favorability rating is Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who has not declared his presidential candidacy, but is polling at 43/40, the report says.
The other candidates to rival Clinton in favorability are Republican front runner Donald Trump and GOP candidate Carly Fiorina, the former technology executive, who are each down by just 2.
“It used to look like nominating Donald Trump would be an unmitigated disaster for the Republicans,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement. “But now he’s doing better against Hillary Clinton than a lot of their perceived electable candidates. Meanwhile Ben Carson just continues to show an unexpected level of strength.”
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,254 registered voters from August 28th to 30th. Click here to read the complete report.
Here are 4 reasons PolitickerOne believes Carson, who toes the party line on most issues, is surging in popularity in the majority White Republican Party:
1. He thinks the #BlackLivesMatter Movement is wrongheaded
Last month he wrote a scathing op-ed in USA Today, condemning the movement, “The ‘BlackLivesMatter’ movement is focused on the wrong targets, to the detriment of Blacks who would like to see real change and to the benefit of its powerful White liberal funders using the attacks on Sanders for political purposes that mean nothing for the problems that face our community.”
Ben Carson and his thoughts on Black Lives Matter Movement and other things dealing with the black community http://t.co/UaxZ3Kyf3K
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2. He Equates abortion with slavery
Last month, he said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union that he became pro-life after thinking about how Blacks were treated during slavery: “I began to think if abolitionists a long time ago began to think that ‘I don’t believe in slavery, but anybody else can do it if they want to,’ where would we be today? So that changed my opinion of a lot of things,” according to Life News.
3. He blames hip-hop for America’s social ills
In his USA Today op-ed, he writes that it’s time for “the entertainment industry to pick on someone else because we have had enough. Demeaning women is not art, and it shouldn’t be profitable. Neither is glorifying violence and equating prison time with authenticity. Straight Outta Compton, #1 in movie theaters, is just the latest example. You only have to watch the trailers.”
4. He has escaped the wrath of Trump
“I like Ben a lot. He’s a good guy,” Trump said recently in response to a question from ABC’s Good Morning America, host George Stephanopoulos about a potential threat posed by Ben Carson in Iowa. “But he’s been spending a tremendous amount of advertising money out in Iowa.”
Carson is lucky that Trump only remarked on his advertising spending in the early primary state. After Donald Trump hurled insults at Republican competitors Jeb Bush, calling him “weak on immigration,” and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, calling him “a stiff” and releasing his cellphone number, both men showed low poll results. Trump says he attacked them because they attack him.
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