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UNF poll: Donald Trump holds slight Florida lead

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A new poll shows Donald Trump still leads among Florida’s Republican primary voters, taking 21 percent of the vote if the election were held today, with Ben Carson closing in at 19 percent.

The new University of North Florida statewide poll shows Marco Rubio coming in third with 14 percent and Jeb Bush at a distant fourth with 9 percent of the vote.

The school’s Public Opinion Research Laboratory conducted the telephone survey. Even though Carson is polling higher than Rubio overall, 20 percent of those called say Rubio is their second choice for president, followed by Carson, then Carly Fiorina, then Bush.

Trump continues to have the highest unfavorables of any candidate in the race, at nearly 40 percent, with only a 52 percent favorability rating. Contrast this with Rubio’s favorability rating – 81 percent – and Bush’s 64 percent.

And, according to the survey, Florida’s Republican primary likely voters think the economy, jobs and unemployment are the most important problem facing the United States today, followed by terrorism and immigration.


In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at

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