A new poll shows Florida is up for grabs in November.
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic-aligned pollster, released a poll of likely Florida voters showing the Sunshine State is close. Donald Trump takes 44 percent while Hillary Clinton gets 43 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson takes 5 percent while Green Party nominee Jill Stein and anti-Trump conservative Evan McMullin pull 1 percent each. Based on Wednesday’s final ballot from the state Secretary of State, McMullin will not be on the ballot in Florida.
When minor party candidates are taken out of the mix, Clinton is up with 47 percent and Trump right behind her with 46 percent.
“Earlier in the year it seemed like Democrats might have a chance to win Florida by a wider margin than usual,” said Dean Debnam, the president of PPP. “But it’s reverted to being just as much of a swing state as it usually is.”
Both of the major party candidates are upside down in Florida. Clinton is seen as favorable by 40 percent while 53 percent view her unfavorably. Trump does slightly better with 42 percent of voters seeing him as favorable while 52 percent see him unfavorably.
There is a major racial divide in Florida with 60 percent of white voters breaking for Trump while 33 percent are for Clinton. But Clinton takes 71 percent of non-white voters while 22 percent are for Trump.
Clinton leads with 57 percent of voters under 45 while 31 percent of them go for Trump. But seniors go Trump’s way as he takes 59 percent of them while 39 percent prefer Clinton.
President Barack Obama, who carried the state in 2008 and 2012, has the approval of 47 percent of those surveyed while 48 percent disapprove of him. If Obama could run for a third term, he would lead Trump 50 percent to 45 percent in Florida.
The poll of 744 likely voters was taken between Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.