Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Florida: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump +5 In Latest Monmouth University Poll

More good news for Hillary Clinton from Monmouth University:

Hillary Clinton holds a 5 point lead over Donald Trump in the crucial swing state of Florida. This is slightly less than the 9 point lead she held in a Monmouth University Poll of Sunshine State voters taken last month.

Among Florida voters likely to participate in November's presidential election, 46% currently support Clinton and 41% back Trump. Another 6% intend to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 1% support Green Party candidate Jill Stein, with 5% who are undecided. This compares to Monmouth's August poll which had Clinton at 48%, Trump 39%, Johnson 6%, and Stein 1%.

Clinton has an overwhelming advantage among Hispanic, black and Asian voters who make up about one-third of the electorate, garnering 69% of this group's vote to 16% for Trump. Her lead among non-white voters was a similar 69% to 19% last month. Trump's 53% to 35% advantage among white voters is also about where it was last month (51% to 37%).

"Although Clinton's lead is smaller than in our last poll, she is maintaining her advantage in Florida given the ominous state of her poll standing last week," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. He added, "Florida has become less of a crucial battleground now that the campaigns' attention has turned to the Rust Belt. However, a win here would make the path to 270 electoral votes that much easier for the victor and difficult for the loser."

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