( CNN) Donald Trump is once again alone at the top of the Republican field, according to the latest CNN/ ORC Poll, with 36% of registered Republican and Republican-leaning independents behind him, while his nearest challenger roads by 20 phases.
Three nominees cluster behind Trump in the mid-teens, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 16%, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 14% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 12%. All other nominees have the support of less than 5% of GOP voters in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
Carson( down 8 phases since October ), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush( down 5 points to 3 %) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul( down 4 points to 1 %) have lost the most ground since the last CNN/ ORC poll, conducted in mid-October.
Cruz( up 12 phases) and Trump( up 9 phases) are the greatest beneficiaries of those deteriorations. Rubio is also up slightly, gaining 4 phases — an increase within the poll’s margin of sampling error — since the last CNN/ ORC poll.