Donald Trump and Ben Carson are deadlocked in the latest Republican 2016 presidential poll, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz now vaulting into double digit support and third-place overall.


NBC reports the SurveyMonkey conducted national survey finds Trump and Carson each at 26 percent and with Cruz the only other candidate from among the crowded GOP field remaining in striking distance at 10 percent.

Cruz's rise appears tied to him snaring the highest marks among Republican voters and GOP-leaning independents during this month's third and most recent party debate.

While Trump continues to lead on the critical issue of who conservatives feel will best handle the economy, the latest developments mark the first time Cruz has registered double-digit support since formally launching his campaign over the summer.

Rubio, Bush and Fiorina

Perhaps even more encouraging for Cruz, among all GOP voters who watched the last debate he registers 17 percent of the vote, compared to 25 and 24 percent for Trump and Carson respectively. Overall, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio places fourth at 9 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (five percent) and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (four percent).

Trump vs. Carson

A deeper dive into the numbers easily reveal why such political neophytes like Trump and Carson are doing so well. Forty-six percent of all GOP leaning voters insist they are dissatisfied with the way the federal government works, and 48 percent express actual anger.

The two Republican leaders pretty much receive equal support from among the disenchanted, with Cruz finishing next among that sector at 16 percent.

 Meanwhile, Carson also continues to poll well among white evangelical voters and is now leading Trump among Republic lean voters who describe themselves as "very conservative."

Carson's campaign to solidify his base among male and females voters also appears to be bearing fruit and he now leads Trump among women by six points.