Trump Sees 30-Point Lead In Florida

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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According to a poll from Florida Atlantic University, Donald Trump is beating the two Republican presidential candidates from Florida by a long shot.

Trump has 47.6 percent support among respondents as of Jan. 18 -- nearly 12 points higher than in November 2015.

The runner-up is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has 16.3 percent of the support.

The Florida candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, are close with 11.1 percent and 9.5 percent support, respectively. However, the margin of error could change the rankings of both Rubio and Bush.

“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, said in a university press release. “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 results in Florida are not unusual. According to a poll released by Monmouth University on Jan. 20, Trump has taken a dip in the polls, but he has a more than 2-to-1 advantage over his next-closest opponent, Cruz, The Hill reported.

“These results suggest that the GOP race is fairly static on a national level,” Monmouth polling director Patrick Murray told The Hill. “We’ll have to wait and see if the Iowa and New Hampshire results shake things up.”

Sources: Florida Atlantic University, The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr