Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Clinton, Trump neck-and-neck in key swing states: polls

Clinton, Trump neck-and-neck in key swing states: polls

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has overtaken former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the crucial swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania, and is tied in OH, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on Wednesday.

In Ohio, Clinton and Trump were tied at 41 percent, while in Pennsylvania, Trump had 43 percent support over Clinton's 41 percent.

With Republicans and Democrats about to begin their national conventions at which they'll officially make Trump and Clinton their respective presidential nominees, Quinnipiac said the race is too close to call in all three swing states where it polled.

All of those leads are within the margin of error: 3.1 percentage points in Florida and Pennsylvania, and 3.2 percentage points in Ohio.

OH voters questioned over the past week expressed disenchantment about their current status, with majorities saying they were "falling further and further behind economically", that "the old ways don't work and it's time for radical change" and that "public officials 'don't care much what people like me think'". Just 26 percent viewed Trump favorably and 64 percent saw him unfavorably.

The McClatchy-Marist poll has Hillary up 42 to 39 over Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup. One of the biggest shifts in the new survey involves independent voters, who favored Clinton by nine percentage points in the June poll.

The Old State Capitol where Clinton spoke is also the same location where President Obama announced his candidacy for president in 2007 and, a year later, where he announced Joe Biden as his running mate.

Maybe more troublesome for Clinton is a poll finding that she's lost ground with Pennsylvania women. Trump is expected to announce his pick Friday.

Trump rallies supporters in Tampa the day before the state's presidential preference primary in March.

Clinton aides hoped that Wednesday's remarks in Springfield would build off a speech Clinton gave last week to the largely African-American audience at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where Clinton said it was important to acknowledge "implicit bias" that still exists today in the United States. When you throw in Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson, it's Feingold owning a 45-38 lead, with Anderson at eight percent. White voters go Republican 46 - 35 percent, while non-white voters go Democratic 69 - 15 percent.

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