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Quinnipiac: Clinton builds national lead on Trump ahead of second debate

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2016 hillary clinton donald trumpA 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 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 nonwhite 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 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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