Poll: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tied in Ohio

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 15:45:50-04

CINCINNATI -- Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are tied in Ohio, according to a new poll.

Clinton and Trump each had 45 percent of polled Ohio likely voters, according to the Quinnipiac University poll results released Monday. Third-party candidate Gary Johnson had 6 percent and Jill Stein had 1 percent.

The tie was a move up for Clinton. In the previous Quinnipiac poll released Oct. 3, Trump led Clinton 47-42 percent. Pollsters attributed the shift to independent voters, who went from 52-33 percent in favor of Trump to just 41-40 percent in favor of Trump.

In a head-to-head matchup, voters still picked Trump over Clinton 48-47 percent, according to Monday's poll.

Trump had a 52-37 percent lead over Clinton among white voters. However, among non-white voters chose Clinton over Trump 84-8 percent. More women picked Clinton -- 53-41 percent -- while more men chose Trump -- 50-36 percent.

In other swing states included in the poll, Clinton was ahead with 45-37 percent in Colorado, 48-44 percent in Florida and 47-41 percent in Pennsylvania.

"Secretary Clinton has held or increased her lead following the second debate," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said. "Obviously the allegations by a number of women about Donald Trump's behavior have taken a toll among some of those who had been in his column."

Brown said he believed the debate on Wednesday would be Trump's best chance to win back voters.

"Once the Wednesday debate is over, the last three weeks of the campaign will be fought by competing turnout machines and TV commercials," he said. "Many observers believe Clinton has the superior ground game and money edge to dominate the airwaves."