Polls on Clinton v. Trump: ‘Battle of the unloved candidates’

Don and Hill

The newest Quinnipiac University poll showing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton outdistancing Republican nominee Donald Trump by ten points (51-41%) also describes this year’s race for the White House as “the battle of the unloved presidential candidates.”

Quinnipiac released the poll yesterday with a remark from Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll asserting, “We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks.”

But not so fast, according to another poll from UPI/CVoter released today. This daily presidential tracking poll has Trump edging Clinton slightly by less than one percentage point (48.52-47.73%).

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So, whose poll should the public believe? The one that comes out on the evening of Nov. 8 is going to be the only one that really counts.

The Quinnipiac poll has some interesting revelations. According to Quinnipiac’s report, “Women and non-white voters propel Clinton in the head-to-head matchup. Women back her 60 – 36 percent. Men back Trump 48 – 42 percent. White voters back Trump 52 – 41 percent. Non-white voters back Clinton 77 – 15 percent.

“A total of 44 percent of American likely voters like Clinton ‘a lot’ or ‘a little,’ while 47 percent dislike her ‘a little’ or ‘a lot,’ and 8 percent hate her,” the report added. “A total of 35 percent of voters like Trump ‘a lot’ or ‘a little,’ while 53 percent dislike him ‘a little’ or a lot,’ and 10 percent hate him.”

And the Los Angeles Times today reported that Trump is also up slightly ahead of Clinton, 44.3-43.6 percent.

Also worthy of note, Quinnipiac said Libertarian Gary Johnson is pulling 10 percent support right now and Green Party candidate Jill Stein is at 4 percent. This could set off a heated discussion between Republicans and Libertarians reminiscent of the 1992 race between Bill Clinton and the elder George H.S. Bush, in which maverick Ross Perot was in, then out and then back in again to ultimately pull millions of votes and thus propel Clinton into the White House.

The Washington Post is out with an analysis that notes the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Clinton is retaining a six-point lead over Trump, which has been “in the range” of where she has hovered since the conventions last month.

The proverbial bottom line here is that American voters will need to vote. This is not the year to be sitting it out at home, complaining to a television screen.


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