NEW NBC/WSJ national poll has HUGE gains for Cruz, but Trump still on top!!

In a newly released poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal, Ted Cruz is showing enormous national gains, even as Trump shows slight improvement and maintains his frontrunner status.

And here are the results with only 5 candidates:

More from NBC:

Donald Trump has moved back into the lead of the 2016 Republican presidential contest, while Ted Cruz has surged into second place, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Meanwhile, Ben Carson — who was ahead in the poll back in late October — has dropped 18 points to fourth place in the GOP race.

In the current poll, Trump is the first choice of 27 percent of Republican primary voters (up four points since the last poll).

He’s followed by Cruz at 22 percent (up 12 points) and Marco Rubio at 15 percent (up four).

But Carson is now in fourth at 11 percent (down 18 points) — and much of his support has transferred to Cruz.

Indeed, while the poll shows Carson dropping 23 percentage points among “very conservative” Republican primary voters since October, it has Cruz up with this group by an equal amount.

“Where Cruz picked up is where Carson lost ground,” says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

“This is a real shift,” McInturff adds.

Rounding out the GOP field are Jeb Bush (at 7 percent) and Carly Fiorina (at 5 percent). No other Republican candidate gets more than 3 percent.

Earlier we posted a polling of likely Iowa caucus-goers showing Ted Cruz beating Trump, but that’s just because the Des Moines Register hates Trump and loves illegal aliens and Hillary.

Here’s the methodology for the NBC/WSJ poll:

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Dec. 6-9 of 400 Republican primary voters (by both landline and cell phone), and it has a margin of error here of plus-minus 4.9 percentage points.

Also they just polled total losers who hate Trump, obviously, because he’s winning by 60 points everywhere, especially among Muslims, Hispanics, and Hispano-Muslims:

Wow these GOP establishment frauds are gonna look really stoopid when Trump takes Iowa by 90%. Bookmark this page to throw in Karl Rove’s face later!!!

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