Poll: Ted Cruz gains national GOP support and positive reviews

Cruz runs well with self-identified conservatives likely to vote in the Republican nomination events, with those for whom religion is very important in their lives and with Tea Party supporters. But even in those groups Trump currently has an edge.

However, should Trump leave the presidential race, right now Cruz would become the new frontrunner: twice as many Republican primary voters choose him as choose Rubio, who is in second place in a race without Trump.