NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) -- The latest KTVT-CBS 11 / Dixie Strategies Poll of more than 1,400 likely primary voters in Texas shows Republican Ted Cruz has increased his lead over real estate mogul Donald Trump. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has maintained her lead over Senator Bernie Sanders -- though that lead has shrunk a bit.
Looking at the statewide results -- according to the poll taken Monday February 22 -- Cruz now leads Trump by more than eight percentage points. At the end of January, Cruz was leading by five percentage points. More than 33% of likely GOP primary voters now say they would vote for Ted Cruz while 25% of respondents say they would vote for Trump.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio comes in third at about 15%. That's almost 3% higher than his poll result back in January.
Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich are polling in single digits with Carson remaining largely unchanged at 6% while Kasich pulls ahead of Carson at 8%. That's compared to 5% and 2% in January's poll respectively.
Cruz still leads among those that identify as "very conservative" polling at 46% while Trump leads among those identifying as "somewhat conservative" polling at 29%. Kasich leads among those who identify as Moderate at 24%.
Interestingly, Trump leads among likely GOP voters who identify themselves as "Someone/Very Liberal" at 31%.
Among DFW area GOP likely voters Cruz has nearly doubled his lead over Trump from 3 to 6 percentage points. Rubio remains in third place in the DFW area at 15% with Carson and Kasich polling in single digits there as well.
Among likely Democrat primary voters in Texas, Senator Sander's support has doubled but Clinton maintained her large lead according to the poll numbers. Back in January, almost 16% said they would vote for him. That number now stands at 29%. Clinton still leads Sanders by a wide margin at 61% to 30%. But the gap has closed somewhat between the two candidates. Back in January, 34 points separated the two. That gap has closed to 31 points.
There's a big change among undecided voters on the Democrat side of things. Only 10% now say they are undecided. Back in January that number was almost 30%.
In the DFW area among likely Democratic primary voters, Clinton's lead over Sanders is even larger than reflected in the statewide results. She is ahead by 46 points locally. Back in January, her lead was only 34%. Currently, 67% say they would vote for Clinton while 21.15% would opt for Sanders.
This poll contains the results of a telephone survey of 725 "likely" Republican Presidential Primary voters statewide. The Margin of Error is ± 3.64%. For Democrats, there were 675 "likely" Presidential Primary voters statewide polled. The Margin of error in that survey is ± 3.77%. The results were gathered February 22, 2016.
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