Hillary Clinton has taken an 8-point lead over Donald Trump in a new Quinnipiac University Florida poll after being virtually tied last month.
Democrat Clinton holds a 47-to-39 percent lead over Republican Trump in Florida in the new poll. With Libertarian Gary Johnson and other minor-party candidates in the mix, Clinton holds a 42-to-36 percent lead over Trump. The poll of 975 Florida voters, which has a 3.1 percent margin of error, was conducted June 8-19, so it includes four days before and eight days after the Orlando massacre.
In May, Quinnipiac found Clinton with a 43-to-42 percent lead in Florida, well within that survey’s 3 percent margin of error.
Since the May poll, Trump has angered Latinos — who make up 15 percent of Florida voters — by claiming a U.S.-born federal judge overseeing a lawsuit over Trump University is unfair because “he’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.” Trump’s remarks were “racist,” say 58 percent of Florida voters — including 90 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and 74 percent of non-white voters.
Quinnipiac also released polls today from Ohio, where Clinton and Trump are deadlocked at 40 percent apiece, and Pennsylvania, where Clinton’s 42-to-41 percent lead over Trump is well within the poll’s 3.2 percent margin of error.