Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential field in Florida, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has moved ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush into second place among GOP voters, according to a Florida Atlantic University poll conducted after last week’s GOP debate.
Hillary Clinton enjoys a big lead among Florida Democratic voters. But she trails Rubio and Bush by 8 points apiece and Ben Carson by 12 points in hypothetical general election match-ups in the Sunshine State. Trump gets 45.9 percent to 44.5 percent for Clinton — essentially a tie given the poll’s 3.4 percent margin of error.
FAU’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative surveyed 801 likely voters Thursday through Sunday — immediately after last Wednesday’s GOP debate. More than three-quarters of voters said they watched the debate, and 38.4 percent said businesswoman Carly Fiorina won.
In the Republican sample, which has a 5.2 percent margin of error, Trump leads with 31.5 percent, followed by Rubio at 19.2 percent, Bush at 11.3 percent, Carson at 10.3 percent and Fiorina at 8.3 percent.
Clinton has 59.5 percent support among Democrats, followed by Vice President Joe Biden at 15.9 percent and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 15.2 percent.
Clinton is viewed favorably by 40.7 percent of voters and unfavorably by 53.7 percent. She trails Carson 52-to-40, Rubio 50-to-42 and Bush 49-to-41.