Hillary Clinton‘s button-pushing mastery of Donald Trump in last week’s first presidential debate appears to have paid off in Florida, where a new Quinnipiac University poll shows her moving from a tie to a 46-to-41 percent lead among likely voters with Libertarian Gary Johnson getting 5 percent.
Quinnipiac’s last Florida poll, released Sept. 8, showed Clinton and Trump dead even at 43 percent in Florida with Johnson at 8 percent.
Florida voters say, by a 56-to-21 percent margin, that Clinton won last week’s debate. That opinion was shared by 54 percent of independents and 27 percent of Republicans.
Quinnipiac’s poll of 545 Florida likely voters, conducted Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, has a 4.2 percent margin of error.
Quinnipiac also released polls today showing close races in three other swing states. Trump holds a 49-to-46 percent lead in Ohio while Clinton has a 49-to-46 percent lead in North Carolina and a 48-to-43 percent lead in Pennsylvania.
In Florida, the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls showed the race a virtual tie between Clinton and Trump before last week’s debate. Since the debate, Clinton has led by 4 in a Mason-Dixon poll and by 1 point in a Fox 13/Opinion Savvy survey before today’s Quinnipiac release.