Hillary Clinton enters the final week of August with an 8-point lead over Donald Trump in battleground Pennsylvania, a state he most likely needs to carry in order to win the White House.
A new Monmouth University poll shows Clinton edging her Republican opponent 48 to 40 percent among likely general election voters in Pennsylvania, while 6 percent of voters support Libertarian candidate and 4 percent remain undecided.
Trump continues to lead the former secretary of state among independent voters, 39 to 36 percent, but lags far behind her among black, Hispanic and Asian voters. Clinton enjoys 90 percent support among minorities in the Keystone State, while Trump draws just 5 percent support. For comparison, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the non-white vote by 71 points to President Obama in 2012.
Clinton and Trump are running neck-and-neck among white women, 46 to 45 percent, respectively, but Trump carries an 18-point lead among white men and a 25-point lead among non-college educated white voters. Romney won white women, white men and white voters with or without a college degree in 2012.
In urban areas like Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, which tend to account for more than 40 percent of the statewide vote, Clinton carries a 33-point advantage over Trump. Meanwhile, the Republican presidential nominee is up in northeastern and central Pennsylvania where he has appeal among working-class voters affected by the outsourcing of jobs in the Rust Belt.
Both candidates continue to register unfavorable ratings above 50 percent and are seen as more likely to do a bad job "looking out for the little guy" if elected president, than a good one.
The Monmouth University poll of 402 likely voters in Pennsylvania was conducted Aug. 26-29 and contains a margin of error of 4.9 percent. The poll comes on the heels of a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll that showed Trump closing the national polling gap between him and Clinton, who now leads him by 6 percentage points.