Biden holds slight lead over Trump in Florida: poll

A Florida poll released Friday showed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE with a slight lead over President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE in what has shaped up to be a tight race in the crucial battleground state. 

A Mason-Dixon Polling Strategy poll found Biden received 48 percent support among likely voters, compared to President Trump’s 45 percent. The difference between the candidates fell within the 4 percentage point margin of error. 

Six percent of voters said they were undecided. 


Aligning with other polls, Trump had the majority support among Republicans at 84 percent, among men at 51 percent and whites at 56 percent.

The former vice president held the lead among Democrats at 87 percent, among women at 55 percent and among Hispanics at 57 percent. Biden also had the plurality of votes among independents with 49 percent, compared to Trump’s 43 percent.

The poll also broke down support by region showing Trump leading widely in northern Florida at 58 percent and southwest Florida at 55 percent. The president has a minor lead in Central Florida at 47 percent compared to Biden’s 45 percent.

Biden has a slight lead in the Tampa Bay area with 47 percent support, compared to Trump's 44 percent support, and a stronger edge in Southeast Florida with a 63 percent backing. 

Mason-Dixon Polling Strategy was conducted from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12 and surveyed 625 voters in Florida who all said they were likely to vote.

Most surveys of the swing state have shown Biden with a slight lead. A Reuters-Ipsos poll from this month showed Biden at 49 percent and Trump at 45 percent, a difference also within the poll’s margin of error. 

The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Biden ahead of Trump by 2.7 points.

Both candidates have been campaigning in Florida, with Trump holding his first rally after his COVID-19 diagnosis in Florida on Monday.