A Quinnipiac University poll shows that Sen. Barack Obama currently maintains a four-point lead over Sen. John McCain among Florida voters in the race for president.
Obama leads McCain in Florida by a margin of 47 percent to 43 percent.
Obama also leads McCain in Ohio by a margin of 48 to 42 percent, and in Pennsylvania by a margin of 52 to 40 percent, according to the Hamden, Ct. university's poll.
“Finally getting Sen. Hillary Clinton out of the race has been a big boost for Sen. Barack Obama,’’ said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “He now leads in all three of the major swing states, although his margins in Florida and Ohio are small.’’
Obama wins Florida's youngest voters by a wide margin, while he and McCain split those age 35 and up.
Nearly one in four say they are less likely to support McCain because of his age. If elected, he would be 72 when sworn in as president. One in 20 say the same about Obama's being black.
Whites back McCain 50 percent to 40 percent, while virtually all blacks support Obama.
Independents lean toward Obama by 10 percentage points, and more of them oppose Hillary Rodham Clinton as Obama's running mate than support it.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from June 9-16 and involved telephone interviews with 1,453 likely Florida voters. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
COMPLETE RESULTS: www.quinnipiac.edu