Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 47-39 in Florida in a new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.
That’s the largest lead Clinton has in three key swing states. The two candidates are in a dead heat in Ohio, 40-40, and Clinton leads Trump in Pennsylvania 42-40.
This is also the largest lead Clinton has had in Florida since the Q poll asked voters about a Clinton-Trump match-up in August 2015 — the only time that Trump was ahead of Clinton. In October, Clinton was ahead five points and in May she was ahead by one point.
The poll found that 58 percent of Florida voters found Trump’s comments about the judge of Mexican descent racist — and the margins were similar in Ohio and Pennsylvania. When broken down by party in Florida, 29 percent of Republican voters felt Trump’s comments were racist, as did 90 percent of Democratic voters.
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Earlier this month, Trump said that the judge in a pending case against him related to Trump University cannot be impartial due to the judge’s Mexican heritage. Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel was born in Indiana to parents who emigrated from Mexico. Plaintiffs allege the now-defunct Trump University deliberately misled them. Trump has called for building a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and making Mexico pay for it.
By wide margins, voters in each state say Clinton is better prepared than Trump to be president, that she is more intelligent than Trump and that she has higher moral standards, according to the poll.
However, voters are divided on whether Trump is more honest and trustworthy than Clinton and voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania find him more inspiring.
“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 poll.
The poll of 975 Florida voters was conducted June 8-19 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent. Surveys were conducted on landlines and cell phones in English and Spanish.