UNF poll shows Florida voters likely to vote for Trump

The River City is just days away from Donald Trump's campaign visit and a newly released poll shows Florida voters are more likely to vote for him than any other Republican candidate.

Researchers at the University of North Florida asked voters across the state to choose who they would pick if the election was held right now.

Trump is getting attention and support, especially among Florida Republicans.

He seems to be having success with his off the cuff, outspoken style, while Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the man who was once thought to be Trump’s biggest challenger, continues a backwards slide.

The poll found that Florida voters are more likely to vote for Trump than any other Republican candidate.

He comes in first place with 21.7 percent of the likely vote.

Trump is followed by Ben Carson, with 19.3 percent.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio comes in third with 14.9 percent.

Bush comes in a distant fourth place with only 9 percent of the vote.

UNF associate political science professor Dr. Michael Binder told Action News Jax that Trump is a favorite with Republican voters right now for a few different reasons.

"Many other polls have him closer to 30 percent, he's been in that range. I think the shine is starting to wear off a little at lease in Florida and maybe some folks are taking a harder look and some support is starting to ebb away," Binder said.

Binder said you may start seeing more Bush political ads because he needs to start connecting with voters if he hopes to gain traction on Rubio.