Hillary Clinton trails Donald Trump by three points in Florida, new Q polling shows

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Hillary Clinton trails Donald Trump by three points in a head-to-head matchup in the Sunshine State, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

The new Swing State Poll also showed a 2-point lead for Trump in Pennsylvania and a tie in Ohio, but the numbers became less favorable for Clinton when pollsters included Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party as potential options.

In the four-way race, Trump leads Clinton 41-to-36 in Florida, with Johnson taking 7 percent and Stein taking 4 percent. Another 5 percent said they would vote for someone else or stay home on Election Day.

By comparison, Trump also took a 1-point lead in Ohio and a 6-point lead in Pennsylvania when Stein and Johnson were included.

On the whole, Trump leads among Florida men 50-29, while Florida women back Clinton 48-36, down from 52-34 last month. Trump’s lead among white voters remains strong at 54-30, though nonwhite voters favor Clinton 56-21.

“In Florida, Donald Trump is getting only 21 percent of the nonwhite vote. Although he is winning among white voters, who are mainly Republican, victory in Florida will be a very difficult lift for him if he can’t do better among nonwhite voters,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Q Poll.

When asked which candidate would be more effective against ISIS, creating jobs and solving immigration problems, Florida voters said Trump. Despite his victories in each of those policy areas, the poll shows voters see Clinton as more prepared to be president and as more intelligent than Trump by double-digit margins.

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