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Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio in FAU poll

Donald Trump holds a massive lead over Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in Florida, according to a new poll from Florida Atlantic University.

Trump leads with 44 percent followed by Rubio and Cruz who were tied at 21 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich had 9 percent.

"Florida Republican voters are dissatisfied with government, looking for an outsider and backing Donald Trump but a large margin," said Kevin Wagner, FAU professor. "There is some evidence that this campaign is taking a toll on the candidates. The favorability ratings for Trump, Rubio and Cruz are all down sharply in Florida."

Trump's favorability rating dropped from 70 percent in January to 56 percent in March. Rubio's favorability rating was 48 percent while Cruz's was 44 percent. But here's a sign that favorability ratings may not translate to votes: Kasich's favorability rating was 60 percent. 

Trump is down four points from FAU's January poll while Rubio is up 10 points and Cruz is up 5 points. The survey of 852 likely GOP voters was conducted March 8-11 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percent.

FAU also polled likely Democratic voters and found that Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders 59-31 percent. The Democratic poll included 414 voters and had a margin of error of 4.8 percent.

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