Trump Leads In New FL Poll Bush Is 4th

The results of a new Viewpoint Florida (read the Executive Summary )  survey of 2,047 likely Republican voters in the state shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead in the Sunshine State. Also Trump has a huge lead in a newly released Bay News 9/News 13 Florida Decides Poll, conducted via telephone from Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 1.

The businessman who has a home and owns two golf courses in the state and spends great deal of time in Florida and will be a factor in the state primary come March 15, 2016.

Trump has 27 percent of those polled saying they support him as the GOP Presidential nominee while only 16 percent favor Florida’s own Sen. Marco Rubio who is a distant second. But the most interesting news is that Dr. Ben Carson is in third place with 15 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the popular former governor of the state Jeb Bush tied with 12 percent.

This Florida survey, the 10th in a row finding Trump on top, resembles other recent Florida polls that also show Bush in third or fourth place. Reflecting many national surveys, most of the recent Florida polls show that, as Bush has slipped, Carson and Rubio have risen. Now Cruz, on the heels of a strong debate performance Wednesday, might be showing more traction in Florida as well.

Nationally, Ben Carson and Donald Trump are now in a statistical tie for the GOP nomination among Republicans, according to a Ipsos/Reauters online poll. But among overall voters, Trump came out ahead of Carson by several points.

At this point just three months away from the Iowa caucus together GOP outsiders Trump and Carson now have a combined 50 plus percent of the backing of Republican voters. However, there is a little over a year before the nation takes to the polls to elect a new president on Nov. 8th 2016, so there is a very long way to go.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.