Along with a slew of national polls that show Hillary Clinton establishing a lead over Donald Trump in recent weeks, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton ahead in Colorado and two other swing states and tied in Ohio.
Quinnipiac found Clinton ahead 45 percent to Trump’s 37 percent in Colorado, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson drawing 10 percent.
Clinton was ahead 48 percent to Trump’s 44 percent in Florida and 47 percent to Trump’s 41 percent in Florida. Both candidates had 45 percent support in Ohio.
The most notable change is in how independent voters view Clinton.
Back in September, Trump was ahead 42 percent to 33 percent among unaffiliated voters, but in the more recent poll, Clinton leads 38 percent to 34 percent with this group.
Voters were surveyed Oct. 10 to 16, after the second presidential debate and after several women came forward to say that Trump had groped them or kissed them in a manner very similar to what he had described in the 2005 audio from Access Hollywood.
The poll found party-affiliated voters largely standing by their man or woman. Republicans back Trump 84 percent to 7 percent, while Democrats back Clinton 89 to 1 percent.
Clinton gets 52 percent of female voters, compared to 31 percent for Trump. She also gets 52 percent among non-white voters to Trump’s 24 percent. Trump leads 42 to 37 percent among male voters and 43 percent to 41 percent among white voters.
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“Some Colorado comfort for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine. For Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence, a cold shoulder and a mountain possibly too high to climb,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a press release.