(Photo by Scott Morgan)  Republican Ben Carson has taken the frontrunner position for his Party’s Presidential nomination for the 2016 Elections, knocking Donald Trump to second place at the national polls.

Dr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon has made the first place in the New York Times/CBS News poll on Tuesday, getting the support from 26% of those surveyed, putting billionaire Donald Trump in the second place with 22%.

Ever since announcing his candidacy for President, Donald Trump has taken the frontrunner position for the Republican nomination and held it for months, with numbers going his way with three polls conducted in Iowa. However, the most recent one shows that Trump’s dominant rise in the polls throughout the summer has been thwarted by Ben Carson.

Carson is seeking the GOP candidacy with strong stances on issues such as denial of climate change, eliminating federal education standards, gun ownership freedom, repealing Obamacare, implementing a tougher immigration program, banning of abortion, flat tax and a stronger approach to the Middle East. These are some of his conservative stances on social and economic issues that have given him the lead among the Party’s constituents in this recent poll.

The poll was taken a couple of days before the third Republican debate, after which the numbers could go drastically up or down with tensions beginning to surround the Republican candidates. The first nominating contest will be held in the primary voting state of Iowa in three months and experts say that early polls often do not reflect the real support of the candidates, so it is really hard to predict who will be the winner.

According to Reuters, the New York Times/CBS News poll also shows that those surveyed have said that they have not yet made up their minds for their ultimate choice of candidate and 55% of those supporting Trump have said that they will most definitely vote for him, while Ben Carson’s supporters do not share the same conviction with 80% of those that said they would support him, said that they consider him a good candidate, but it is way too early to make a final decision on who they would ultimately support.

The rest of the candidates do not come even close to the Trump and Carson, with Bush, Fiorina and Rubio trailing behind and tying for third place with 8% of support, while Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Mike Huckabee tie for fourth place with 4% of support.

The New York Times/CBS News poll included 575 Republican primary voters and was conducted from the 21st of October until the 25th of October, few days ahead of the thirds Republican debate scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

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