Democrat Hillary Clinton opened an 8-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida, the largest of the presidential swing states, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
Going inside the numbers:
Trump’s support among men in Florida drops from 49-36 percent May 10 to 45-41 percent today. Clinton’s lead among women grows from 48-35 percent in May to 52-34 percent today. Republicans back Trump 82-8 percent, while Clinton leads 93-2 among Democrats and 44-35 percent among independent voters. White voters back Trump 51-36 percent, as non-white voters go to Clinton 72-15 percent.
Florida voters give Clinton and Trump negative favorability ratings, 39-53 percent for her and 33-61 percent for him.
Comparing the candidates’ character traits, voters say:
- 60-31 percent that Clinton is better prepared to be president;
- 47-36 percent that she has higher moral standards;
- 53-33 percent that Clinton is more intelligent;
- 43 percent say Trump is more honest and trustworthy and 40 percent trust Clinton;
- 44 percent that Clinton is more inspiring, with 42 percent for Trump;
- 46 percent that Trump is a stronger leader, with 45 percent for Clinton.
Trump would be better creating jobs, Florida voters say 49-41 percent. Clinton would be better on immigration, voters say 50-43 percent. Trump would be more effective against ISIS, voters say 48-42 percent, but Clinton would be better responding to an international crisis, voters say 54-39 percent.
Florida voters say 48-40 percent they would rather invite Trump to their backyard barbecue, but say 49-40 percent they would rather turn to Clinton during a personal crisis.
“Of the three swing states, Florida has the largest number of electoral votes. In fact, it has the most of any of the roughly dozen states around the country considered to be in play. It is Hillary Clinton’s best state and perhaps Donald Trump’s toughest lift. One reason might be Florida has a larger Hispanic population than the other two states, and Trump has clashed with Hispanic leaders over some of his remarks,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.