Poll: Clinton Leads In Florida After Debate

| by Lauren Briggs
Hillary Clinton giving a campaign speech in Des Moines, IowaHillary Clinton giving a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa

Following the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads GOP nominee Donald Trump by a few points in the swing states of Florida and New Hampshire, two new polls found.

In Florida, Clinton is ahead of Trump by four points, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey of likely voters. The poll, conducted Sept. 27 through Sept. 29, found 46 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while Trump had 42 percent, which falls just outside the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson took in seven percent, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein had one percent, and four percent said they were undecided. 

Clinton has a strong lead among women and non-white voters, while Trump commanded support from men and white voters.

The Democratic nominee also pulled ahead in New Hampshire's WBUR poll, which was also conducted after the debate. In the state, 42 percent of voters said they backed Clinton, compared to 35 percent who said they would cast their ballots for Trump. Johnson took in 13 percent and Stein took in four percent.

By a three-to-one margin, respondents said Clinton won the first debate, and four out of five likely voters said they watched the broadcast.

"She had what appeared to be a very good performance -- voters rated it very positively in the debates," said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the WBUR survey. "And she seems to have stopped the slide that she was experiencing going into the debate."

More than half of respondents said the debate "made no difference" in how they would vote, while 27 percent said the debate made them more likely to support Clinton and 13 percent said it influenced them to support Trump.

Both major party candidates remain heavily disliked by voters in New Hampshire, with 51 percent reporting a negative view of Clinton and 61 percent saying the same of Trump.

Sources: Mason-Dixon Polling and Research via PoliticoWBUR (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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