Roanoke College Poll: Clinton's lead widens in Virginia
Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton's lead is widening among likely voters in Virginia, according to a Roanoke College poll released on Tuesday morning.
Clinton holds a 9 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in this state (45 percent-36 percent).
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 percent-38 percent). Clinton led by 7 percentage points in the September Roanoke College Poll (44 percent-37 percent).
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 Trump making vulgar comments about women.
Much of the support for each major party candidate is solid (76 percent of Clinton voters and 68 percent of Trump supporters say it is not at all likely they will switch their votes).
Both candidates are still viewed unfavorably by voters. Clinton’s favorable ratings (39 percent favorable; 48 percent unfavorable) and those of Trump (29 percent favorable; 57 percent unfavorable) are statistically unchanged from a month ago.
One-in-four (26 percent) said the first debate made them more likely to vote for Clinton, and an almost equal number (25 percent) said it made them less likely to vote for Trump. Still, the majority said the debate made no difference in their likelihood of voting for either Trump (68 percent) or Clinton (62 percent).
Clinton was also seen as having a temperament that is fitting for president (74 percent), compared to 34 percent for Trump. A majority of respondents said she at least somewhat understands the problems of people like them (57 percent), while 40 percent said the same about Trump. All of those results are within the margin of error from last month when we asked the same questions.