Poll: Carson reaches statistical tie with Trump nationwide

Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE is now locked nationwide with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE in a statistical tie for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, a new poll says.

Trump leads Carson by 2 points among Republicans nationwide, 29 percent to 27 percent, but the pair is well within the margin of error of 4.6 percent, according to the Reuters/Ipsos survey released Thursday.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ranks third, with 9 percent voter support of his own.

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWhite House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform Tom Hanks weighs in on primary: 'Anybody can become president' GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate Senate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution MORE (Texas) then respectively take fourth and fifth place in the Reuters/Ipsos poll. Rubio edges Cruz by a single point, sneaking past him with 6 percent to the Texas senator's 5 percent.

The results also found that Carson is the top pick for next year’s Republican presidential nomination when the options are narrowed to him, Bush and Trump.

Carson receives 40 percent from Republicans nationwide in that scenario.

The survey reports that most GOP voters are pessimistic about the nation’s future heading into 2016, with 83 percent believing the country is heading in the wrong direction.

A mere 10 percent said it is on the right course instead, while 7 percent said they did not know.

Reuters/Ipsos conducted its latest sampling of 584 Republicans aged 18 and older from Oct. 25-28.  It has a 4.6 percent margin of error.

Carson additionally edged past Trump in a CBS News/New York Times poll earlier this week, taking first place from the real estate tycoon for the first time in months.