Political newbies are rising and shining in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary field, while establishment politician candidates are falling, according to the latest poll. And, they've gone down fast.
Neither of the top two contenders in the latest Monmouth University poll of likely Republican primary voters has ever held office. The leader, Donald Trump, with 28 percent, has spent the majority of his life in the public eye as a billionaire real estate mogul and even as an occasional Democrat. The second-place candidate, Ben Carson, with 17 percent, is a highly successful retired neurosurgeon. And the former governor of Florida who happens to be the brother and son of former presidents? He's dropped to a tie for fifth place, at 7 percent, with former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina.
"Once again, the three candidates who have never held political office combine for a majority of support in a GOP primary poll," Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey, said in a release with the polling data. "It appears that GOP voters are using the 2016 nomination contest to air their grievances with party leadership."
Support for the leadership from GOP voters is particularly low, the polling found. Just 33 percent of voters say the party is worried about their concerns. Fifty-five percent of Republican voters in New Hampshire think the party is doing a bad job, too.
The results showed the biggest boost for Carson, who saw an increase of 12 percent between July and September. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina also saw a significant bump, more than doubling her support from 3 to 7 percent. Ahead of her and Bush are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with 11 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with 8 percent.
The poll was conducted by phone from Sept. 10 through 13 and asked questions of 415 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire. There is a margin of error of 4.8 percent.