A new Florida Atlantic University statewide poll has GOP front runner Donald Trump surging with the support of 44% of likely Republican primary voters, and an overall 23 point lead on his closest competitors Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who are statistically tied at 21%.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains a healthy 28 point lead over Bernie Sanders (59% to 31%), but their overall race has tightened 16 points since November and September when Clinton held a 44 point lead.
The most important quality in a Presidential candidate for Democrat voters was experience at 64% and for GOP voters was being a strong Commander in Chief at 25%
The most important issue for GOP primary voters is dissatisfaction with the Government at 42% and followed by the economy at 17%. On the Democratic side, the most important issue was the economy at 38% and followed by dissatisfaction with the Government at 19%
Donald Trump has surged nearly 12 points in the last two months and is closing on half of the GOP vote in Florida, where Hillary Clinton has improved in all head-to-head matchups against GOP frontrunners
Trump leads the GOP field with 47.6 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 16.3 percent, Marco Rubio at 11.1 percent and Jeb Bush at 9.5 percent.
On the Democratic side, Clinton has strengthened her position in head-to-head matchups with the GOP frontrunners.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have sizable leads in the primary race in Florida, where the state’s former governor Jeb Bush has seen his numbers continue to slide
Clinton continues to trail in head-to-head matchups with the GOP frontrunners, with Carson holding the biggest margin at 9.7 points (50.2 percent to 40.5 percent). Trump leads Clinton by 8.7 points (49.2 percent to 40.5 percent)
The GOP primary fight has not had a positive impact on favorability ratings for many of the candidates
Among Independent voters, Clinton’s numbers drop to 35 percent favorable and 56 percent unfavorable.
Hispanics will be spending more on holiday shopping this year and are more likely to buy gifts online than in the past.
The number of respondents who said they would not be doing any holiday shopping dropped nine points from 20.1 percent in 2014 to 11.1 percent in 2015, suggesting Hispanics are doing better financially.
The number of Hispanics who plan to shop on Black Friday went up four points from last year (56 to 60 percent), while those who plan to shop online on Cyber Monday increased from 52 percent in 2014 to 58 percent this year.
Hispanics expect to do most of their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving, increasing from 21.5 percent in 2014 to 27.7 percent this year.
If the 2016 Republican primary for president were held today, Donald Trump would win Florida with 31.5 percent of the vote, with Rubio finishing second with 19.2 percent of the vote and Jeb Bush taking third with 11.3 percent.
In a Democratic primary, Clinton would win an overwhelming majority with 59.5 percent of the votes, well ahead of Joe Biden (15.9 percent) and Bernie Sanders (15.2 percent).