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Five Florida polls in one day, each lousy news for Marco Rubio



Five! new polls of Florida Republicans came out today. None look good for Marco Rubio.

Fox News March 5-8 poll of 813 likely GOP voters: Donald Trumpo 43 percent, Marco Rubio 20 percent, Ted Cruz 16 percent, and John Kasich 10 percent.

Democratic Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Democratic consultant Christian Ulvert, March 7-8, robo poll 904 likely voters: Donald Trump 42 percent, Marco Rubio 32 percent, Ted Cruz 14 percent, John Kasich 8 percent. Seventeen percept said they could change their minds before Tuesday and when asked their preference if it were just between Trump and Rubio, 48 percent said Trump and 45 percent said Rubio.

“It’s clear that Marco Rubio continues to struggle with gaining traction in his home state. The results from the PPP poll I commissioned confirms that regardless of the field, Rubio trails Donald Trump," Ulvert said. "Marco Rubio has been an absent US Senator and his shortcomings are coming home to roost. He says it’s all about Florida and who ever wins Florida will be the Republican nominee and with less than a week until Primary Election Day, all signs point to a Donald Trump nomination.”

University of North Florida, March 2-7 poll of 725 likely GOP voters: Donald Trump 36 percent, Marco Rubio 24 percent, Ted Cruz 16  percent, John Kasich 9 percent."Among likely Republican primary voters, 64.4 percent have a favorable opinion about Rubio and 30 percent have an unfavorable opinion and 61.6 percent have a favorable opinion about Cruz and 32.6 percent have an unfavorable opinion," UNF said in a release. "Fifty-five percent have a favorable opinion about Trump and 39.4 percent have an unfavorable opinion, showing that Trump has more detractors within the likely Republican electorate than the other leading candidates."

Quinnipiac University Poll, March 2-7 poll of 657 likely GOP voters: Donald Trump 45 percent, Marco Rubio 22 percent, Ted Cruz 18 percent, John Kasich 8 percent. Since Quinipiac's last Florida poll in February, Trump has extended his lead over Rubio from 16 percentage points to 23.“In the Sunshine State, hometown hero Sen. Marco Rubio is 23 points behind Trump and isn’t even doing much better than Sen. Ted Cruz.  Also discouraging for the anti-Trump folks is that Trump voters say they are less likely than those supporting any of the other candidates to change their mind in the closing days,” Quinnipiac's Peter Brown said.

CNN/ORC March 2-6 poll: Donald Trump 40 percent, Marco Rubio 24 percent, Ted Cruz 19 percent, John Kasich 5 percent


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 7:06pm]


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