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Q poll Florida: Clinton leads Trump by 5



Hillary Clinton is breaking free a bit from Donald Trump in Florida, a new Qunnipiac University poll shows.

The survey shows Clinton leading by 5 percentage points, 46-41. The last Q poll, released Sept. 8, saw the candidates tied at 43 percent a piece.

From a polling memo:

Florida likely voters say 56 – 21 percent, including 27 percent of Republicans, that Hillary Clinton topped Donald Trump in the first presidential debate. Clinton is the winner, Democrats say 84 – 2 percent and independent voters say 54 – 20 percent. Trump won, Republicans say 42 – 27 percent.

In the November face-off, Trump leads 49 – 38 percent among men, while Clinton leads 53 – 33 percent among women. Trump leads 84 – 5 percent among Republicans, while Clinton takes Democrats 92 – 5 percent. Independent voters go 42 percent for Trump, 39 percent for Clinton and 7 percent for Johnson.

“One thing is for sure: Many voters don’t have to think a presidential candidate is a good debater to support their candidate in 2016. In Florida, likely voters give Hillary Clinton a 35 percentage point margin for winning the debate, but only a five-point margin in the election matchup,” pollster Peter A. Brown said.

From September 27 – October 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 545 Florida likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points.

[Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2016 3:47pm]


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