Sometime Mar-a-Lago Club resident (and owner) Donald Trump is the big choice of Republicans in the state of Florida according to a new Florida Atlantic Poll that was released on Wednesday. He was crushing former Gov. Jeb Bush and the Sunshine States junior Sen. Marco Rubio in their own state.
The poll from the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative has Trump with a massive lead at 48 percent, which is up 12 percent from the last poll in November. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is second at 16 percent while Rubio is third at 11 percent and Bush is fourth at 10 percent. Of those four, Rubio is the only one to see his support fall since November as he’s dropped 7 points.
No other candidate is polling in double digits and at this point it doesn’t even look like a two person race as Trump is lapping the field on the GOP side.
According to a press release issued by FAU:“At this point, Donald Trump is simply crushing the opposition in the Florida Republican primary,” Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at FAU and a research fellow of the Initiative, said in a statement. “Not only has he increased his lead, Mr. Trump’s favorability ratings among Republicans are now ahead of his competitors by a substantial margin.”
The poll was conducted among 386 like Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.
Meanwhile, Florida remains Hillary Clinton country on the Democratic side of the isle. FAU’s poll shows Hillary Clinton leading in Florida with a 62-to-26 percent lead over Bernie Sanders with Martin O’Malley at 4 percent.