Likely voters in the critical swing states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania say by margins of more than 2-1 that Democrat Hillary Clinton bested Republican Donald Trump in the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
But the debate did little to get Clinton more votes, according to the latest poll.
Clinton, who had been tied with Trump in Florida according to a Quinnipiac University poll, was able to take a 46 to 41 percent lead Monday in that state.
But in Ohio, where Trump had 41 percent to Clinton’s 37 percent last month, he now leads 47-42 percent.
Four-way presidential races, in all but North Carolina where Green Party candidate Jill Stein won’t appear on the ballot, show:
• Florida: Clinton leads Trump 46-41 percent, with 5 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 percent for Stein;
• North Carolina: Clinton at 46 percent to Trump’s 43 percent, with 7 percent for Johnson. Clinton had 42 percent to Trump’s 38 percent Sept. 8;
• Ohio: Trump tops Clinton 47-42 percent, with 6 percent for Johnson and 1 percent for Stein;
• Pennsylvania: Clinton at 45 percent to Trump’s 41 percent, with 5 percent for Johnson and 2 percent for Stein. Clinton was up 44-39 percent Sept. 8.
“Although Hillary Clinton clearly won the first debate with Donald Trump, this victory did her only little good in her race for the White House,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said.
The next presidential debate between Trump and Clinton is this coming Sunday, Oct. 9. Their last debate is Wednesday, Oct. 19. The two major party vice presidential candidates, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine, debate once on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
“Likely voters in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, the four largest and most important swing states seem little closer to an Election Day decision,” Brown added. “The good news for Secretary Clinton is that she has opened a five-point lead in Florida, in what had been a dead heat in Quinnipiac University’s September 8 poll.”
But Trump still leads in Ohio.
“And stays close in North Carolina while she retains her small margin in Pennsylvania,’’ added Brown.
Head-to-head matchups among likely voters show:
• Florida: Clinton over Trump 49-44 percent;
• North Carolina: Clinton at 49 percent to Trump’s 46 percent;
• Ohio: Trump at 49 percent to Clinton’s 46 percent;
• Pennsylvania: Clinton leads Trump 48 – 43 percent.
From Sept. 27-Oct. 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed: 545 Florida likely voters with a 4.2 percent margin of error; 507 North Carolina likely voters with a 4.4 percent margin of error; 497 Ohio likely voters with a 4.4 percent margin of error, and; 535 Pennsylvania likely voters with a 4.2 percent margin of error.
Before the first debate, the latest Quinnipiac University nationwide poll found the race between Clinton and Trump was a virtual dead heat.
The poll of 1,115 likely voters nationwide was conducted Sept. 22-25 and showed Clinton leading Trump 44 to 43 percent, with 8 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and 2 percent for Green Party candidate Stein.