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Florida poll: Hillary Clinton 46%, Donald Trump 42%

A May 17-18 robo poll by Florida-based Gravis Marketing (MoE +/- 2%) find Hillary Clinton currently receiving support from 46 percent of registered voters and Donald Trump 42 percent. From Gravis: 

... When asked; ‘do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of (the two individuals)’ Florida voters strongly have an unfavorable opinion of both potential candidates. Donald Trump’s numbers indicated that 54 percent of Florida registered voters currently have an unfavorable opinion, 38 percent having a favorable opinion and eight percent unsure. For Mrs. Clinton, 52 percent stated they have an unfavorable opinion, 40 percent have a favorable opinion and the same eight percent indicated they were unsure.

...Gravis Marketing President Doug Kaplan offered the following analysis of the recent Florida polling. “Florida is going to be a huge battleground state for this years Presidential election and this state is a must win for the GOP if they have any hope of regaining the White House. In recent weeks, Trump has done a good job of gathering his base while Clinton is still in a hotly contested battle with Bernie Sanders – which is rapidly dividing the Democrat party. If she is able to take the nomination, she’ll have to work hard to win over some of those Sanders supporters to maintain her lead in Florida.”

Kaplan continued, “The polling numbers that should concern the GOP is the lack of support of Marco Rubio. His 56 percent unfavorable rating as a Senator should raise red flags to the Trump campaign if they are considering adding Marco Rubio as their Vice Presidential nominee in order to win Florida. Rubio was definitely damaged by his Presidential run. These polls show that we are not convinced that he would help Trump as VP nor that he would necessarily win the primary for governor against other potential GOP nominees.”

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[Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 2:29pm]


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