Florida’s junior Senator Marco Rubio is now polling better in his home state than former Governor Jeb Bush, according to a new survey by Florida Atlantic University taken after last week’s GOP debate on CNN.
Donald Trump still holds a commanding lead at 31.5%, but Rubio comes in second with 19.2%, ahead of a third-place Bush who stands at 11.3%. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, who have taken the second and third spots in recent national polls, here come in at #4 and #5 respectively. Asked who won the CNN debate, respondents picked Fiorina by an overwhelming margin. At 38.4%, she nearly tripled Trump, who was the victor for 14% of voters.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains strong when compared to other members of her party, getting 59.5% of the vote compared to 15.9% for Vice President Joe Biden and 15.2% for Bernie Sanders. But she does not look so good when matched up with Republicans in the Sunshine State.
Clinton trailed Carson 51.7 to 39.5%, Rubio 50.4 to 42.2% and Bush 49.1 to 40.9%. However Trump just barely polled ahead of Clinton, 45.9 to 44.5%, well within the margin of error. So while Donald Trump would likely win a Republican primary in Florida today, he would have a lot harder time beating Hillary Clinton than hometown candidates like Bush and Rubio would.
FAU surveyed 801 likely voters in Florida between Thursday, September 17 and Sunday, September 20. There is a +/-5.2 margin of error for the questions pertaining to Republican candidates.
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