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.