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Fla Chamber Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 41%, Gary Johnson 9%



An Aug. 17-22 Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in Florida, 44 percent to 43 percent, in a two-way match up, and 44 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent when Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is included. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

Trump is viewed favorably by 43 percent of likely voters, and unfavorably by 52 percent. Clinton's favorabile/unfavorable numbers are even worse: 39/56.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Campaign and Elections Andrew Wiggins said that despite Trump’s small lead statewide, his current unfavorable rating may pose problems in certain state and local races.

“The data clearly shows that Donald Trump’s name recognition may impact republican candidates down ballot – particularly in large metropolitan South Florida areas. And, digging deep into the numbers, Trump continues to trail Hillary Clinton in South Florida, trailing by 19 points in Miami-Dade and by 15 points in West Palm Beach,” Wiggins said.

On the Senate primaries, Marco Rubio beats Carlos Beruff 68 percent to 19 percent among likely Republican voters, and Patrick Murphy beats Alan Grayson 40 percent to 11 percent among Democrats, with 38 percent undecided.

“A week sounds like a short time, but it can be a lifetime for a campaign and provide candidates the opportunity to make solid gains that can improve their outcome. It’s unusual to see this many undecided voters this close to the election, but for candidates, its good news. They still have time to move the voters,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government and Political Relations.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:13pm]


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