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Clinton ahead of Trump nationwide, deadlocked in key states of Florida

Clinton leads Trump 42-38, said the latest poll released by Public Policy Polling (PPP).
“Clinton certainly is favoured to win the Presidential race this fall,” said Dean Debnam, president of the PPP.

“But it might not be the giant blowout it’s been made out to be in some quarters. Trump has quickly gotten most rank and file Republican voters behind him and that has him positioned as a modest underdog for the general rather than a massive one,” Debnam said.

However, in another poll released by Quinnipiac University, the two are in a dead heat in three swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In Florida and Pennsylvania, Clinton leads Trump by just one point, while the latter edges her in Ohio by four points.

Interestingly, Senator Bernie Sanders Democratic rival of Clinton leads Trump by a few points in all these three States.

“Six months from Election Day, the presidential races between Clinton and Trump in the three most crucial states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are too close to call,” said Peter A Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the Republican nominees in 2008 and 2012.

“And the two candidates are about where their party predecessors were at this point in Ohio and Florida,” he said.

“This election may be good for divorce lawyers. The gender gap is massive and currently benefits Trump,” Brown added.

“In Pennsylvania, Clinton’s 19-point lead among women matches Trump’s 21-point margin among men. In Ohio, she is up 7 points among women but down 15 points with men. In Florida she is up 13 points among women but down 13 points among men.

“Trump would do a better job handling the economy, voters say. He also would do a better job handling terrorism, voters in Florida and Ohio say. Pennsylvania voters are divided,” he said.
“By wide margins, voters in all three states say Clinton is more intelligent than Trump and by smaller margins, voters in all three states say she has higher moral standards,” Brown said.


Clinton for quality childcare for working families

Washington: Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton has called for making quality childcare affordable to working US families as she pushed forward her agenda in a Washington DC suburb that has a significantly large Indian-American population.

“It’s clear that there are so many challenges facing young families today that we have to come to grips with,” Clinton said during her visit to Mugn Muffin coffee shop on Monday in Loudon County.

A suburb of Washington DC in Virginia, Loudon County this past decade has emerged as a mini-India with thousands of Indian-Americans mainly from the IT sector moving to the neighbourhoods here, with most of them working in the various companies in the IT corridor developed by the Virginia Government along the Dulled Airport.

“There are lots of concerns in the workplace that I’m hearing about increasingly about the work day never ends, the schedules are often unpredictable,” Clinton said.

“And even when you think you’re gaining some control over that work day it’s subject to so many variables that are out of your control and often end up throwing big monkey wrenches into what should be your family time and your efforts to try and organise and stick with that,” she added.

In her casual remarks over a cup of coffee with local residents, Clinton acknowledged the concerns of the working families and talked about work-life balance, paid family leave, affordable childcare and family issues with local resid ents of Stone Ridge Village Center.

“We have to work together to try to find the best menu of options. Because there is just no ‘one-size-fits-all’. People have different needs childcare needs, sometimes even more, as Shanda and I were just talking about, even more challenging with special needs kids and how we start early and provide that sort of support,” Clinton, 68, said.

During the discussion, Clinton emphasised on the importance of investing in early learning programmes and making quality child care affordable for working families as well as ensuring that families have good schools and affordable colleges as their kids grow up. Virginia is considered as a swing state and in a closely contested election, the Indian-American community in Loudon County can play a big role in the victory of a candidate from the State.

The average age in Loudoun County is just under 35 years old and 73 per cent of households with children in the region have two working parents. 

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