October 7, 2016 - Women, Non-Whites Give Clinton 5-Point Lead Over Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Independent Voters In Big Shift To Clinton Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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A 20 percentage-point lead among women and a 45-point lead among non-white voters lift Democrat Hillary Clinton to a 45 - 40 percent likely voter lead over Republican Donald Trump, with 6 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and 3 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

This compares to a too-close-to-call result in a September 26 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Clinton with 44 percent, Trump at 43 percent, Johnson at 8 percent and Stein at 2 percent.

In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton gets 50 percent to Trump's 44 percent, compared to 47 percent for Clinton and 46 percent for Trump September 26.

In the four-way race, women back Clinton 53 - 33 percent as men back Trump 49 - 37 percent. White voters go Republican 51 - 38 percent while non-white voters go Democratic 63 - 18 percent.

The biggest shift is among independent voters, who go from 42 - 35 percent for Trump, with 15 percent for Johnson September 26 to 46 - 32 percent for Clinton, with 10 percent for Johnson today. Republicans back Trump 87 - 5 percent while Democrats back Clinton 89 - 3 percent.

"Post-debate, Hillary Clinton checks all the boxes. With her base of women and non- white voters now solidly behind her and independent voters moving into her column, Donald Trump gets a wake-up call," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "The Indies are leaving in droves."

"Can Trump make a come-back in Sunday's debate or will Clinton score another W?"

American likely voters 18 to 34 years old back Clinton over Trump 48 - 27 percent, with 11 percent for Johnson. Clinton leads 47 - 39 percent among voters 35 to 49 years old. Voters 50 to 64 years old go 48 percent for Trump and 43 percent for Clinton. Voters over 65 years old are split 46 - 46 percent.

From October 5 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,064 likely voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. If the presidential election were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine the Democrats, Donald Trump and Mike Pence the Republicans, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld the Libertarians, and Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka the Green party candidates, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Clinton and Kaine, Trump and Pence, Johnson and Weld, or Stein and Baraka?
                     LIKELY VOTERS..........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Clinton and Kaine    45%     5%    89%    46%    37%    53%    46%    30%
Trump and Pence      40     87      3     32     49     33     42     60
Johnson and Weld      6      5      2     10      9      3      6      4
Stein and Baraka      3      -      3      7      3      4      2      1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                 4      2      2      4      3      6      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Clinton and Kaine    48%    47%    43%    46%    30%    45%    38%    63%
Trump and Pence      27     39     48     46     59     44     51     18
Johnson and Weld     11      7      4      3      8      3      5      7
Stein and Baraka      9      3      2      -      2      2      2      7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      -      -      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                 5      2      3      5      1      5      4      5
 
 
2. If the only candidates were Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine the Democrats and Donald Trump and Mike Pence the Republicans, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Clinton and Kaine or Trump and Pence?
                     LIKELY VOTERS..........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Clinton and Kaine    50%     5%    95%    57%    42%    58%    50%    32%
Trump and Pence      44     91      4     37     53     36     45     63
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      -      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                 5      2      1      5      5      5      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Clinton and Kaine    58%    53%    46%    48%    33%    48%    41%    73%
Trump and Pence      34     45     49     47     63     46     54     21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      1      1      -      2      1      1
DK/NA                 7      1      3      5      3      5      4      5
 
*Results based on total sample, only asked of respondents who did not choose Clinton or Trump Q1 Respondents who named Clinton or Trump in Q1 assigned to initial preference.


3. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of motivation to vote in this year's presidential election; are you more motivated than usual, less motivated, or about the same as usual?
                     LIKELY VOTERS..........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More                 56%    61%    56%    52%    58%    53%    58%    61%
Less                 14     11     13     19     12     16     12     10
About the same       30     28     31     29     30     31     30     29
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More                 52%    52%    59%    58%    63%    56%    59%    49%
Less                 24     10      9     15     11     12     12     19
About the same       23     38     32     27     26     32     29     32
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -