Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 59%-33% in Florida, says new Q-poll

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Florida Democrats aren’t Feeling the Bern.

At least not in significant numbers, as a Quinnipiac poll out Friday shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in the Florida Democratic Primary, 59 percent to 33 percent.

Women back Clinton 69 – 24 percent, while men go 47 percent for Sanders and 43 percent for Clinton.

Clinton is doing well with various groups; she leads among voters who describe themselves as “very liberal,” “somewhat liberal” or “moderate to conservative.”

However, in the categories where she has struggled all year long in the polls, trustworthiness and honesty, Clinton struggles again.

Among likely Democratic primary voters who most want a candidate who cares about their needs and problems, Sanders gets 48 percent to Clinton’s 42 percent. He leads 49 – 37 percent among voters who most want a candidate who is honest and trustworthy.

“This has been a turbulent political year, but the Florida Democratic primary looks like a blow-out,” says Peter Brown, assistant director with Quinnipiac. “With her 26-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders, Secretary Hillary Clinton would have to undergo a political meltdown of historic proportions to lose this contest.”

From February 21 – 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 476 Florida likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

The Florida Democratic presidential primary takes place March 15, though more than 216,000 Democrats have already cast absentee ballots as of Thursday in the race.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.