Trump has 28 percent of his party’s vote, up from 21 percent in the university’s Aug. 20 poll. Carson is in second with 16 percent, Rubio has 14 percent, Bush has 12 percent, Fiorina has 7 percent and Cruz has 6 percent, according to the poll. None of the other candidates gained more than 2 percent in the poll and 10 percent of those polled were undecided.
“The generally more energized Republican party members, who backed former Gov. Bush and Sen. Rubio when they ran for office in the Sunshine State, are deserting the establishment candidates for the outsiders — specifically Trump and Carson,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
In the Democratic party, Clinton leads with 43 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, who are tied with 19 percent. Of those polled, 13 percent were undecided.
Among Democrats 13 percent said they would not vote for Clinton. Among the Republicans polled, 29 percent said they would “definitely not support” Trump.
In a general election, Clinton would top Trump 46-41 percent, according to the poll. However, the race with Bush and Rubio would be much closer with the former governor edging Clinton 44-43 percent and the Senator topping her 45-44 percent. She leads Republicans Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina by two point margins, according to the poll.
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