Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 10 percent in Va. ahead of debate


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her opponent, Republican nominee, Donald Trump, by 10 percent among likely Virginia voters, according to a poll released Monday by Christopher Newport University.

The poll, which surveyed 1,003 registered voters in the Commonwealth, finds that Clinton has 48 percent support to Trump’s 38 percent in the head-to-head contest.

Among all five candidates who will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, the CNU poll shows Clinton at 39 percent, Trump at 33 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 15 percent.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Independent Evan McMillen each have three percent support, according to the CNU poll.

“Clinton’s leads over Trump is strong,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “It is not only built upon her own partisan identifiers, but also on a very strong showing from vote-rich Northern Virginia, a large gender gap, and stronger support than Democrats usually get from college-educated white voters and white women.

The poll suggests women voters prefer Clinton by a 28-percent margin, 57-29 percent, while men prefer Trump by a 12-percent margin, 49-37 percent.

According to the poll, 54 percent of voters say Clinton cannot be trusted with classified information and 53 percent say Trump is a racist.

“That more than half think Trump is a racist is astounding,” said Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center. “That tells you all you need to know about why a diverse state like Virginia is beginning to fall out of reach with the Trump campaign.”

Other findings include millennials, ages 18-34, “overwhelmingly” prefer Clinton over Trump, 52-30 percent.

“When the full ballot is considered, though, many of those millennial voters flock to the Libertarian,”‘ said Bitecofer. “Clinton still leads, with 34 percent, but millennials take Johnson, 27 percent, over Trump, 23 percent.”

The poll also found that registered Virginia voters believe Clinton would make a better Commander-in-Chief than Trump, 50 to 40 percent.

According to the poll, women think Clinton would be a better commander in chief, but military voters in Virginia prefer Trump, 48-39 percent.

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.9 percent.This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates. Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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