New GOP poll shows Trump on top, Carson collapsing in Georgia

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ATLANTA —

An exclusive Channel 2 Action News poll of Georgia Republicans shows that voters support Donald Trump over any other candidate for the 2016 election.
 
The poll, conducted by Landmark/Rosetta Stone, also shows that support for Dr. Ben Carson has dropped significantly in the state in the past two month.  

Channel 2’s Lori Geary broke the results Friday morning on Twitter.

http://twitter.com/LoriGearyWSB/status/675335280866541569

The new results show that 43 percent of GOP voters support Trump with Ted Cruz in a distant second place with 16 percent. Marco Rubio comes in third with 11 percent.
 
Carson, who was at 18 percent in September, now is at 7 percent. Jeb Bush stands at 5 percent support.

The poll included 800 likely Republican primary voters.

"Donald Trump continues to defy all laws of political gravity," Channel 2 political analyst Bill Crane said. "Given the media blow up it's just shocking, surprising. It's stupifying, but I'm not again sure all of those people will vote."

The poll also asked likely Georgia Republican primary voters about Trump's proposal to prohibit Muslims from entering the United States until stronger background checks can be employed.

An overwhelming 72 percent questioned in the poll supported the plan.

Crane believes Trump supporters could drive record breaking turnout when Georgia votes in the presidential primary on March 1.