Poll: Carson reaches statistical tie with Trump nationwide

Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE is now locked nationwide with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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 RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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.