A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows that the retired neurosurgeon declined by 7% over the last month, which drops him out of the top ranks of the Republican presidential front-runners.
The doctor is now in a tied for third place in the new survey, with 16%. He is now trailing Donald Trump who has 27% and Marco Rubio with 17%. Dr. Carson is tied with Ted Cruz.
This is just a single poll out of many, and it is possible that is exaggerates the plunge that Carson has taken, but a slide is clearly evident. He peaked very early in November, when he actually tied at the top with Trump at 25% on the RCP measure. Currently he is at 19 and Trump sits at 28.
What could be taking place and likely is has to do with Paris specifically and foreign policy in general. Carson struggles for answers when it comes to foreign policy, which is the center of attention due to the tragic terror attacks of November 13 in France.
He has said incorrectly that China was involved militarily in the Middle East and was not able to name any ally that he would use to help fight ISIS.
The poll from Quinnipiac showed that Carson had fallen 10 points on a question of if he has the correct kind of experience to be the president. Early last month, 38% of the respondents said yes to the questions, now just 28% are in agreement.
Foreign policy could be the quick answer of what is happening to Carson, but others feel it might be a broader issue, not just the foreign policy issue.
It could be every subject. He has been dogged by media coverage that has been negative, dealing with his saying that the Egyptians built their pyramids to store grain, to doubts about how accurate were some parts of his own life story.
He experienced a drop of 6 points the past month on a question that Carson cares about the problem of people similar to you.
He also lost seven points on whether he had the same values as the respondents.
He shot up to the top quickly, but as more GOP voters get to know more about him, they are opting to look elsewhere for another candidate.