Hillary Clinton’s private emails scandal is costing her support among voters in three key presidential swing states (Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio), and she now trails Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in blue Pennsylvania.
Clinton also trails former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in Florida as voters in swing states do not view her has honest and trustworthy, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
The poll found that 50% of Florida’s voters, 46% of Ohio’s voters, and 49% of Pennsylvania’s voters do not view Clinton as “honest and trustworthy” while 41% of Florida’s voters, 47% of Ohio’s voters and 44% of Pennsylvania’s voters do.
“A red flag in blue state Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton, seemingly invincible before the e-mail scandal, ends up tied with Rand Paul,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.
In Pennsylvania, Paul, who trailed Clinton 53%-34% in February, now leads her 45% to 44%. Clinton’s favorability rating in the state is barely positive–48% to 47%–down from 55%-38% just a month ago. Fifty-two percent of voters in Pennsylvania think her email scandal is a problem and 41% are less likely to vote for her because of it.
In Ohio, 51% of voters think her email scandal is a problem and 36% of independent voters are less likely to vote for her because of it. Clinton still leads the GOP field, though, in the important swing state.
In Florida, Clinton now trails Jeb Bush 45%-42% after leading him 44% to 43% last month. Clinton’s favorability rating in the state is 49%-46%, down from her 14-point net positive rating (53%-39%) last month. Fifty-one percent of Florida voters think Clinton’s email scandal is “very” or “somewhat” important to their vote and 38% say they are less likely to vote for Clinton because of it.
Quinnpiac surveyed voters in the three states from March 17-18, and the margin of error for each state is +/- three percent.