Exclusive Florida Decides Poll: Trump, Clinton lead Florida's presidential primaries

By Fallon Silcox / Caitlyn Jones / Caitlin Constantine, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 2:33 PM EST
Presidential Race
  • Donald Trump leads Republican primary with 42 percent of likely voters
  • 61 percent of likely Democratic voters say they would vote for Hillary Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton would defeat Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz based on poll numbers but not Donald Trump

What will the outcome of the presidential primary elections be? Will it be Trump and Clinton?  Rubio and Sanders?  Cruz and Clinton?

The results are in from an exclusive statewide News 13/Bay News 9 poll, and if the results are any indication as to how things will play out in November, it's going to be a close race for the White House.

However, the primary elections don't appear to be nearly as tight.

Nearly half - 42 percent - of the Republicans polled say that if the March 15 primary were held today, they would vote for Donald Trump. Marco Rubio received support from 22 percent of those polled, while 17 percent said they would vote for Ted Cruz.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has a landslide lead in the poll. Out of those who were surveyed, 61 percent said they would vote for Clinton if the primary were held today, while only 30 percent said their vote would go to Bernie Sanders.

The voters were also asked who they would vote for if today were Election Day. Clinton leads against Rubio and Cruz but not Trump.

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If Trump and Clinton were the candidates in November, Trump would win with 45 percent of the vote to Clinton's 44 percent. If it's between Cruz and Clinton, Clinton would receive 46 percent of the votes while Cruz would receive 44 percent. Clinton would also lead against Rubio with 45 percent of the votes against the Florida senator's 44 percent of the votes.

It should be noted that in all three match-ups, the difference between the candidates is within the margin of error.

Join us Tuesday night starting at 5 p.m. for more exclusive poll results, and find out what Floridians think is the biggest issue facing the 2016 presidential candidates.



Detailed Poll Results

Q: If you were filling out your Republican presidential primary ballot right now, who would you vote for?

  All Gender
Age
Race
Male
Female
18-34
35-49
50-64
65+
White
Black
Asian/
Other
Donald Trump 42% 44%
41%
40%
41%
44%
42%
42%
**
**
Ted Cruz 17%
18%
16%
19%
17%
16%
17%
16% ** **
Marco Rubio 22%
22%
23%
24%
22%
21%
23%
23%
** **
John Kasich 10%
7%
13%
3%
9%
11%
13%
11%
** **
Other 3%
3%
3%
4%
4%
3%
2%
3%
** **
Undecided 5%
6%
4%
9%
7%
4%
3%
5%
** **
Composition of likely/actual
GOP primary voters
100%
52%
48%
13%
21%
34%
32%
92%
4%
4%
  Party Affiliation
Strong
Rep.
Republican Ind. lean
Rep.
Independent Ind. lean
Dem.
Democrat
Strong
Dem.
Donald Trump
48% 43% 34% ** ** ** **
Ted Cruz
19% 13% 17% ** ** ** **
Marco Rubio
24% 22% 20% ** ** ** **
John Kasich
6% 12% 14% ** ** ** **
Other
2% 2% 6% ** ** ** **
Undecided
1% 7% 9% ** ** ** **
Composition of likely/actual
GOP primary voters
43% 32% 19% 3% 1% 1% 0%
  Ideology Tea Party
  Very Conserv. Conserv. Moderate Liberal Very Lib. Yes No
Donald Trump 39% 47% 41% ** ** 51% 39%
Ted Cruz 29% 16% 7% ** ** 25% 14%
Marco Rubio 23% 22% 22% ** ** 13% 25%
John Kasich 5% 8% 20% ** ** 5% 12%
Other 2% 2% 4% ** ** 2% 4%
Undecided 3% 6% 6% ** ** 3% 5%
Composition of likely/actual
GOP primary voters
30% 36% 28% 2% 1% 21% 70%
  Education Income
  High School Some College 4-yr College < $40K $40K - $80K > $80K
Donald Trump 52% 41% 41% 48% 44% 39%
Ted Cruz 15% 20% 15% 14% 17% 18%
Marco Rubio 20% 19% 26% 20% 24% 23%
John Kasich 4% 8% 13% 9% 8% 13%
Other 4% 4% 2% 4% 2% 3%
Undecided 5% 8% 3% 5% 4% 5%
Composition of likely/actual
GOP primary voters
14% 34% 52% 23% 37% 40%

Surveyed: 937 likely & actual GOP presidential primary voters
Margin of sampling error: ± 3.3%

** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.


Q: If you were filling out your Democratic presidential primary ballot right now, who would you vote for?

  All Gender
Age
Race
Male
Female
18-34
35-49
50-64
65+
White
Black
Asian/
Other
Hillary Clinton
61% 57% 64% 50% 60% 63% 69% 57% 72% 61%
Bernie Sanders
30% 33% 28% 45% 27% 30% 23% 35% 17% 36%
Undecided 9% 10% 8% 5% 13% 7% 9% 9% 11% 3%
Composition of likely/actual
Dem. primary voters
100% 43% 57% 19% 28% 27% 25% 66% 26% 7%
  Party Affiliation
Strong
Rep.
Republican Ind. lean
Rep.
Independent Ind. lean
Dem.
Democrat
Strong
Dem.
Hillary Clinton
** ** ** 27% 50% 67% 70%
Bernie Sanders
** ** ** 57% 40% 27% 24%
Undecided
** ** ** 16% 10% 6% 6%
Composition of likely/actual
Dem. primary voters
2% 1% 3% 5% 13% 39% 36%
  Ideology Tea Party
Very Conserv. Conserv. Moderate Liberal Very Lib. Yes No
Hillary Clinton
59% 62% 63% 62% 52% ** 62%
Bernie Sanders
33% 23% 28% 34% 36% ** 30%
Undecided 8% 15% 8% 4% 12% ** 8%
Composition of likely/actual
Dem. primary voters
5% 12% 33% 30% 15% 3% 92%
  Education Income
High School Some College 4-yr College < $40K $40K - $80K > $80K
Hillary Clinton
63% 60% 61% 62% 55% 70%
Bernie Sanders
29% 29% 31% 30% 37% 21%
Undecided 8% 10% 8% 8% 8% 9%
Composition of likely/actual
Dem. primary voters
13% 34% 53% 28% 40% 32%

Surveyed: 823 likely & actual Democratic presidential primary voters
Margin of sampling error: ± 3.4%

** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.


Q: If the November election for President were today and the only candidates on the ballot were Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?

  All Gender
Age
Race
Male
Female
18-34
35-49
50-64
65+
White
Black
Asian/
Other
Donald Trump (R)
45%
49%
41%
31%
35%
51%
52%
50%
14%
34%
Hillary Clinton (D)
44%
41%
46%
51%
53%
38%
38%
37%
82%
53%
Undecided 12%
10%
13%
18%
12%
11%
10%
13%
3%
13%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters
100%
48%
52%
13%
25%
32%
29%
82%
12%
6%
  Party Affiliation
Strong
Rep.
Republican Ind. lean
Rep.
Independent Ind. lean
Dem.
Democrat
Strong
Dem.
Donald Trump (R)
83%
72%
63%
38%
13%
11%
5%
Hillary Clinton (D)
5%
16%
17%
40%
75%
83%
93%
Undecided
12%
12%
19%
23%
12%
6%
3%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

21%
15%
14%
9%
9%
17%
15%
  Ideology Tea Party
Very Conserv. Conserv. Moderate Liberal Very Lib. Yes No
Donald Trump (R)
73%
69%
39%
8%
9%
81%
38%
Hillary Clinton (D)
12%
20%
49%
81%
87%
8%
51%
Undecided 16%
11%
12%
11%
3%
11%
11%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

18%
24%
31%
15%
8%
12%
81%
  Education Income
High School Some College 4-yr College < $40K $40K - $80K > $80K
Donald Trump (R)
54%
49%
40%
43%
47%
43%
Hillary Clinton (D)
35%
40%
49%
45%
41%
46%
Undecided 12%
11%
11%
12%
12%
10%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

15%
34%
51%
27%
38%
35%

Surveyed: 1,961 likely November voters
Margin of sampling error: ± 2.3%


Q: If the November election for President were today and the only candidates on the ballot were Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?

  All Gender
Age
Race
Male
Female
18-34
35-49
50-64
65+
White
Black
Asian/
Other
Ted Cruz (R)
44%
48%
41%
43%
39%
45%
48%
49%
17%
33%
Hillary Clinton (D)
46%
43%
49%
47%
53%
45%
40%
40%
79%
55%
Undecided 10%
9%
10%
10%
8%
10%
12%
11%
4%
11%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters
100%
48%
52%
13%
25%
32%
29%
82%
12%
6%
  Party Affiliation
Strong
Rep.
Republican Ind. lean
Rep.
Independent Ind. lean
Dem.
Democrat
Strong
Dem.
Ted Cruz (R)
82%
70%
64%
41%
12%
8%
6%
Hillary Clinton (D)
8%
18%
19%
42%
76%
88%
92%
Undecided
10%
12%
17%
17%
12%
4%
2%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

21%
15%
14%
9%
9%
17%
15%
  Ideology Tea Party
Very Conserv. Conserv. Moderate Liberal Very Lib. Yes No
Ted Cruz (R)
81%
71%
32%
7%
9%
82%
37%
Hillary Clinton (D)
11%
22%
53%
85%
88%
11%
53%
Undecided 8%
8%
14%
8%
3%
7%
10%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

18%
24%
31%
15%
8%
12%
81%
  Education Income
High School Some College 4-yr College < $40K $40K - $80K > $80K
Ted Cruz (R)
50%
47%
40%
44%
46%
42%
Hillary Clinton (D)
39%
43%
51%
47%
44%
49%
Undecided 11%
10%
9%
9%
10%
10%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

15%
34%
51%
27%
38%
35%

Surveyed: 1,961 likely November voters
Margin of sampling error: ± 2.3%


Q: If the November election for President were today and the only candidates on the ballot were Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?

  All Gender
Age
Race
Male
Female
18-34
35-49
50-64
65+
White
Black
Asian/
Other
Marco Rubio (R)
44% 48% 41% 42% 39% 46% 48% 50% 16% 29%
Hillary Clinton (D)
45% 41% 48% 45% 52% 45% 40% 39% 82% 55%
Undecided 11% 11% 10% 13% 9% 10% 12% 12% 2% 16%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters
100% 48% 52% 13% 25% 32% 29% 82% 12% 6%
  Party Affiliation
Strong
Rep.
Republican Ind. lean
Rep.
Independent Ind. lean
Dem.
Democrat
Strong
Dem.
Marco Rubio (R)
80% 73% 65% 40% 13% 9% 4%
Hillary Clinton (D)
9% 17% 16% 38% 73% 87% 94%
Undecided
11% 10% 19% 22% 14% 5% 2%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

21% 15% 14% 9% 9% 17% 15%
  Ideology Tea Party
Very Conserv. Conserv. Moderate Liberal Very Lib. Yes No
Marco Rubio (R)
74% 70% 35% 11% 8% 73% 39%
Hillary Clinton (D)
15% 22% 50% 82% 89% 15% 51%
Undecided 11% 8% 15% 7% 4% 12% 10%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

18% 24% 31% 15% 8% 12% 81%
  Education Income
High School Some College 4-yr College < $40K $40K - $80K > $80K
Marco Rubio (R)
50% 45% 42% 43% 46% 43%
Hillary Clinton (D)
39% 43% 49% 47% 43% 47%
Undecided 11% 12% 9% 10% 11% 10%
Composition of likely/actual
November voters

15% 34% 51% 27% 38% 35%

Surveyed: 1,961 likely November voters
Margin of sampling error: ± 2.3%


This Florida Decides Exclusive Statewide Poll was conducted by SurveyUSA from March 4-6. Pollsters surveyed 2,450 likely voters via home phones and smart devices. Respondents reachable on a home phone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents who were not reachable by home phone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other device.