GOP Polls 2016: Trump Hits 48 Percent in Florida Poll
GOP front-runner Donald Trump has surged ahead in the Florida polls, according to a January report from Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
In the FAU statewide poll conducted Jan. 15-18, Trump was shown to have jumped 12 points ahead in the last two months. The Republican candidate now leads the field with 47.6 percent support from voters.
Trump's greatest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, trails with 16.3 percent support. Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is showing little home-state advantage with only 11.1 percent, putting him in third place.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also trailing in his home state, as he sits at fourth place with 9.5 percent, while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson suffered a major loss at fifth, dropping down from 14.5 percent to 3.3 percent since November.
"At this point, Donald Trump is simply crushing the opposition in the Florida Republican primary," said Kevin Wagner, a political science professor at the university and research fellow of the Business and Economics Polling Initiative, according to a press release with the report. "Not only has he increased his lead, Mr. Trump's favorability ratings among Republicans are now ahead of his competitors by a substantial margin."
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is in a better position against her GOP rivals, gaining ground in all the head-to-head matchups since the November polls. Clinton now has a 5-point lead over Cruz, winning 47.2 to 42.3 percent. Rubio, who previously was 7-points ahead Clinton, is now tied at 46 percent.
While Bush and Trump both remain ahead of Clinton, their leads have narrowed in the last two months. Trump is now only beating his Democratic rival 47 to 44.3 percent, while Bush leads 45 to 41.5 percent.
In the case of fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator trails both Trump and Rubio at 47 to 42 percent and ties with Cruz at 43 percent.
Clinton also has a solid lead over Sanders in the Sunshine State, winning 62.2 to 25.9 percent.
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