The latest NBC News-Marist poll sees Trump and Biden among potential voters at 48 percent. When polling data is expanded to include all registered voters, Trump leads 48 to 47 percent.
Trump led Florida by just 1 point in 2016 and the Sunshine State is an important part of his reunion strategy. Biden’s lead in Florida is 1.4 points lower than his 8.4 point high at the end of July in the RealClearPolitics average.
Among Latino voters, Trump rose from 50 percent to 46 percent in 2016 Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDebate Commission Reorganizes Latino – Organizing Political Resurgence for 2020 Labor Day Organized Labor Starts ‘Real Conversation’ About This Presidential Election Trump overtook Florida Latino by more than 25 points.
However, Biden seeks 49 percent support from seniors, compared to 48 percent for Trump. In 2016, Trump outpaced older voters in Florida by 17 points over Clinton.
Biden has double digits among black voters, women and independents. Trump leads double digits among men, white people and white people without a college degree.
The poll found a majority of 53 percent of voters, with Trump being the better candidate to handle the economy. Biden goes from 49 percent to 40 percent when dealing with coronovirus, and he goes from 51 percent to 37 percent on the question of race relations.
Forty-eight percent of voters say Trump is a better leader on crime than 45 percent for Biden.
Floridians are divided over the recent racial unrest over the police shootings of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. Forty percent say they are more concerned about police action, compared to 43 percent who say they are more concerned about subsequent protests.
Forty-seven percent of Floridians are approved of what Trump is doing, which is disappointing compared to 48 percent.
The compatibility rating for the candidates is nearly the same, with Trump 47 percent and Biden 46 percent.
The NBC News-Marist poll of 766 potential voters in Florida was conducted between August 31 and September 6 and contained an error of 4.5 percentage points.