Clinton still leads in Florida, while Rubio’s tie to Trump may not hurt, FAU poll shows

Democrats have already been trying to link Sen. Marco Rubio to Donald Trump, as on this Palmetto Expressway billboard.

Democrats link Sen. Marco Rubio to Donald Trump, even earlier putting up a Palmetto Expressway billboard.

A new Florida Atlantic University poll gives Democrat Hillary Clinton a within-the-margin-of-error lead over Donald Trump in Florida, rebounding from an earlier survey that showed him trailing by six percent.

Clinton has a 3 percent edge, leading Trump 46-43 percent, with six percent still undecided, according to the poll by the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative.

The survey of 500 likely Florida voters was conducted last weekend and has a 4.3 percent, plus-or-minus margin-of-error. An FAU poll two weeks ago had Clinton with a six-percent lead.

In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Marco Rubio holds a 4 percent lead over Democrat Patrick Murphy, 46-42 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

While Rubio’s endorsement of Trump has been used as an attack line by Murphy, the survey raises questions about its effectiveness.

When asked whether Rubio standing by his endorsement of Donald Trump would make them more or less likely to vote for him, 30 percent said more likely, 37 percent said less likely and 32 percent said it would not make a difference.

Among undecided voters, however, 47 percent said they would be more likely to support Rubio while 35 percent said less likely because of his endorsement of Trump.

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