Poll: Carson reaches statistical tie with Trump nationwide

Ben CarsonBen CarsonSunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant Race is not central to Rittenhouse case — but the media shout it anyway Trump endorses primary challenger to Peter Meijer in Michigan MORE is now locked nationwide with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul 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 RubioPut partisan politics aside — The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Cruz Supreme Court case could lead to unlimited anonymous election spending Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' 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.