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CNN/ORC Poll: Trump, Clinton ahead of the pack in S.C.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump still holds a commanding lead over his conservative counterparts in the latest South Carolina primary poll generated by CNN.

According to the poll taken between Feb. 10 and Feb. 15, Trump has 38 percent of the vote to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 22 percent. Following Cruz is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 14 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent.

Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has 6 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 4 percent.

Poll results shows nearly half (49 percent) of respondents have "definitely decided" whom they will vote for in the primary, while 20 percent say they are leaning toward a particular candidate.

Thirty-one percent of people said they are still trying to decide.

Respondents said they thought Trump would fare better than the other candidates when handling the economy, illegal immigration, ISIS and foreign policy. More people said Cruz would do better with social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

Trump and Cruz are in a virtual tie (27 to 26 percent) among respondents when asked which candidate best represents the values of Republicans like the respondent.

More than half of respondents (53 percent) said Trump has the best chance of winning the general election.That's up nine points from a similar poll in South Carolina completed in October.

The Republican primary is Saturday.

For Democratic respondents, South Carolina voters favored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 56 to 38 percent. But 40 percent of people who answered the poll said they were still trying to decide whom they were going to vote for.

The Democratic primary is on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Clinton has a commanding lead when respondents were asked whom they thought would handle the economy, health care, race relations, foreign policy and gun policy.

Both Democratic and Republican voters said the economy was their top issue. For Republicans, terrorism was second, but health care was second for Democrats.

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