Trump up by double digits in poll of S.C. Republicans

Presidential candidate Donald Trumpleads in a new poll of S.C. Republicans.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) File

Presidential front-runner billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining a significant double-digit lead among likely South Carolina Republican primary voters, a new poll shows.

Trump is at a 36 percent level of support, according to an Opinion Savvy poll conducted for The Augusta Chronicle, Morris News and FOX 5 Atlanta.

Coming in a distant second place are U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with 19 and 15 percent, respectively.

Behind them are former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush with 11 percent; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 9 percent; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 5 percent.

Undecided voters made up 5 percent.

Trump leads Cruz by nearly 10 points among the all important evangelical wing of the GOP in the poll.

“Trump carries every age group except for the youngest (18-29) where Rubio nudges Trump out by 7 points,” Matt Towery Sr., political analyst FOX5 Atlanta, columnist and frequent pollster for Morris Newspapers, said of the results.

“But Trump has comfortable leads among the other age groups in the poll,” Towery added. “Trump has the highest support from almost every segment of respondents grouped by political philosophy.”

The findings suggest Trump has consolidated and increased his lead in South Carolina after winning the New Hampshire primary.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with 779 likely GOP voters Feb. 10-11. The margin of error is ±3.5%, or a 95 percent confidence level.