Clinton leads Trump by five points among Florida registered voters
Rubio just single digits ahead in U.S. Senate race
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 26, 2016) -- The latest Florida poll released by civic technology and polling company icitizen shows highly competitive presidential and U.S. Senate. Hillary Clinton has a five-point lead over Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio holds a slim one-point lead over Patrick Murphy.
“Clinton is the swing state’s frontrunner right now,” said icitizen polling analyst Cynthia Villacis. “She outpaces party identification by five points, and holds a nine-point lead among women, a seven-point lead among independents and a 13-point lead among Hispanics.” Almost nine in 10 (87%) of Democrats support Clinton, which shows her ability to bring her party together better than Trump, who has the support of eight in 10 Republicans (82%).
The poll results also reveal the Senate race is a toss-up. Rubio leads democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy by just one percentage point (43-42) in a head-to-head ballot. Statistically, it’s a tied game.
“Rubio has enjoyed consistent leads in the U.S. Senate polls, but this race appears primed to tighten since almost one-fifth (16%) of respondents are undecided,” said icitizen’s VP of Polling and Research Mark Keida. “Murphy has more room to grow his image and consolidate Democrats statewide. If that happens, Rubio should expect fewer of the crossover voters who are securing his current lead.
Trending health issues in the state were also highlighted in the poll, and showed nearly three-quarters of registered voters (72%) support a ballot amendment that would legalize medical marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions. In response to the Zika outbreak that received national headlines, almost half (49%) of voters approve of the state’s response to the public health crisis, but four in ten Floridians (40%) do not.
After the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, public safety remains a top concern in the state. One way voters would like to enhance safety is through the use of police body cameras: nine in ten (89%) Floridians support requiring police officers to use body cameras while on duty, and 80% want the public to be able to access body camera video.
Methodology: The survey was conducted online from August 18-24, 2016 among 600 registered voters statewide. The data were weighted back to voter file benchmarks for voter registration status, gender, age, region, race, education and income. The survey was offered in English and Spanish, depending on respondents’ preference. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 4 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
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