- Another poll shows Donald Trump preserving his lead in New Hampshire
- New Jersey Governor Christie has surged into second place
According to the new poll from WBUR in Boston
, Trump remains in first place with the support of 27% of likely Republican primary voters.
But New Jersey Governor Christie has surged into second place at 12% on the back of an endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper
and a singular focus on campaigning in the first primary state.
Meanwhile, support for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is in free-fall, registering just 6%, down 7 points from a WBUR poll in mid-November. The slide comes as Carson's campaign has struggled with foreign policy and media scrutiny.
Rounding out the top five, Marco Rubio is in third place with 11% support, followed closely by Ted Cruz in fourth place at 10%, and Jeb Bush in fifth place at 8%.
Of the remaining candidates, John Kasich follows at 6%, tied with Carson, and ahead of Carly Fiorina at 3%, Rand Paul at 2%, and Mike Huckabee at 1%. No other candidate registers support above 1%.
WBUR's poll was conducted among 402 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire between Sunday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 8. Donald Trump made his controversial call for a ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. on Monday, December 7, midway through the polling.