Latest Roanoke College poll: Dismal for Trump, improvements for Clinton
It doesn't look good for Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to the latest poll from Roanoke College.
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has opened a 16-point lead over Trump among likely voters in Virginia (48 percent-32 percent).
Libertarian Gary Johnson received the support of 8 percent of likely voters, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein trailed the field with 3 percent, while 9 percent remain undecided.
Trump and Clinton were tied in the May Roanoke College Poll.
The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 803 likely voters in Virginia between August 7 and August 17 and has a margin of error of +3.5 percent.
Nearly two-thirds of likely voters (64 percent) said they were very interested in the campaign, and 88 percent said they care a good deal about who wins the presidential election.
Clinton has improved her standing among Democrats since May (91 percent support her now compared to 78 percent in May), and Trump’s support among Republicans has declined slightly from 80 percent in May to 78 percent in August.
Clinton holds strong leads among both political Independents (43 percent-25 percent) and self-described moderates (57 percent-22 percent).
About half (49 percent) of Clinton supporters said their vote was more of a vote for her than against Trump (38 percent), while Trump backers were more likely to say their vote is one against Clinton (49 percent) rather than for him (35 percent).
Clinton’s favorable ratings, though not good, have improved from May (39 percent favorable; 45 percent unfavorable compared to 35 percent and 50 percent in May), while Trump’s numbers are very poor and marginally worse than in May (23 percent favorable; 63 percent unfavorable down from 23 percent and 56 percent).
Poll takers asked how voters would feel if either candidate was elected president in November. One-in-five (20 percent) respondents said they would feel proud, with another 32 percent satisfied, but 28 percent would be disgusted if Clinton wins. Those numbers are largely unchanged in three months. Again, Trump’s numbers are even worse and very similar to May (7 percent proud, 27 percent satisfied, and 49 percent disgusted).
While party affiliation has a large impact on those numbers, 2 percent of Democrats said they would be disgusted with a President Clinton (43 percent would be proud), while 8 percent of Republicans would be disgusted with a President Trump.
Clinton was preferred by likely voters to Trump on a variety of issues, including the economy, terrorism, health care, race relations, immigration, foreign policy, and firearms policy.
Clinton (9 percent very honest; 39 percent somewhat honest) was marginally viewed as more honest than Trump (11 percent very honest; 31 percent somewhat honest), and 72 percent said she is qualified to be president, compared to 36 percent who said Trump is qualified.
Clinton was also seen as a having a temperament that is fitting for president (72 percent) compared to 28 percent for Trump. A majority of respondents said she at least somewhat understands the problems of people like them (56 percent), while just over one-third (36 percent) said the same about Trump.
Vice-presidential candidate and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is viewed favorably by a majority (52 percent) of respondents. That is a significant increase from 32 percent in January. Republican VP candidate Mike Pence has a favorable rating of only 24 percent, but 4-in-10 (40 percent) don’t know enough about him to have an opinion.