Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are tied in the battleground state of Ohio, and the Democratic nominee's gain with independent voters is the driving factor, according to the latest Suffolk University poll released Thursday.
- Trump/Clinton: 45 percent;
- Gary Johnson/Jill Stein: 3 percent;
- Undecided: 5 percent.
"The events over the past month have resulted in a dramatic shift among those Ohioans who self-identified as independents," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Research Center. "In September, Trump led among this group by 27 points. Today, he only leads by 6 points, and 10 percent of independents still have not decided. If Clinton takes the lead among independents, she wins Ohio. If those remaining undecided independents tip back to Trump, he will prevail."
Among the 70 percent of those surveyed who planned to watch the debate, Clinton led Trump by 2 points. Trump led Clinton by 5 points among the remaining 30 percent who didn't intend to watch or weren't sure.
The Ohio survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 17-19 and has a margin of error of +/-4.4 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.
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