Poll: Clinton has 9-point lead in Florida

Democratic presidential nominee has 48 percent support of voters in Florida over 39 for Trump, according to Monmouth University poll.

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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has opened up a 9-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in Florida, a new poll released Tuesday finds.

The Monmouth University survey shows Clinton taking 48 percent support over Trump at 39 percent, according to The Hill.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson takes 6 percent support in the poll and 5 percent are undecided, the poll found.

The poll shows a larger lead for Clinton than most other recent polls have found. Clinton leads by only 3.6 points in Florida according to the RealClearPolitics average.

Trump is trailing in most battleground states and it will be very difficult for him to win the election without Florida’s 29 electoral votes, noted The Hill.

Clinton has amassed the support of most liberals in Florida, taking 92 percent support from Florida Democrats, while Trump is still struggling to rally his own party, with only 79 percent support from Florida Republicans.

Clinton also leads Trump among independents in the state, 47 percent to 30 percent, according to The Hill.

The Democrat holds a 50 point lead among Hispanic, black and Asian voters, and a 10 point lead with women.

Trump, meanwhile, leads by 40 points among white men and by 14 points with white voters overall.

“The gender split among white voters in Florida is huge,” said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. “Men are drawn to Trump’s message while women are not. These offsetting factors give Clinton the edge.”

Despite Clinton’s edge, voters in Florida have overwhelmingly negative views of both candidates.

Only 36 percent said they have a positive view of Clinton, versus 50 percent who view her negatively. 33 percent have a favorable view of Trump, against 54 percent who view him unfavorably.

The Monmouth University poll of 402 likely voters in Florida was conducted between August 12 and August 15 and has a 4.9 percentage point margin of error.