First Debate Favored Clinton, but Race Mostly Static
SALEM, Va., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest Roanoke College poll, Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 9 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in Virginia (45%-36%). Libertarian Gary Johnson trails with 7 percent of likely voters, while Independent Evan McMullin and Green Party candidate Jill Stein each garner 1 percent. Ten percent of likely voters remain undecided.
In a two-way matchup, Clinton’s lead extends to 13 points (51%-38%). Clinton led by 7 percentage points in the September Roanoke College Poll (44%-37%).
The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 814 likely voters in Virginia between October 2 and October 6 and has a margin of error of +3.4 percent. The poll was conducted after the first presidential debate and prior to both the second debate and the release of the videotape of Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women.
“Hillary Clinton’s lead appears steady,” said Dr. Harry Wilson, director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research. “Donald Trump is still unable to consolidate support among Republicans, and it is difficult to see how recent events help him in that regard. Even if he brings those reluctant Republicans ‘back home,’ he still needs to expand his support among Independents and moderates. Those are both tall tasks.”
“The race in Virginia changed very little as a result of the first debate, despite the fact that voters thought Clinton performed better in several areas.”
Full results are available at: http://www.roanoke.edu/about/news/rc_poll_oct_2016_politics
SOURCE Roanoke College