According to the latest Suffolk University poll, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by 6 points in Nevada.
Clinton rallied 44 percent support among likely voters, unchanged since Suffolk’s last poll in August. But things aren’t looking too optimistic for Trump in the key swing state, as his support has dropped from 42 percent in August, to just 38 percent following the first presidential debate.
David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, attributed Clinton’s 6 percent lead to the support of female voters in Nevada.
‘Hillary Clinton’s strong debate performance resonated with women in Nevada. There was a corresponding increase in Donald Trump’s unfavorable rating, and fewer voters see him as honest and trustworthy.’
Despite Trump claims that he won the Monday evening debate, polls show otherwise.
Every on-line poll, Time Magazine, Drudge etc., has me winning the debate. Thank you to Fox & Friends for so reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2016
Fifty-seven percent believe Clinton walked away with a win, while 23 percent claimed Trump as the winner, and 12 percent believed it was a tie. When comparing expectation to performance, 60 percent said Clinton performed better than expected, while 27 percent say Trump did, and just 5 percent who agree that both presidential nominees outperformed expectations.
Unsurprisingly, Clinton leads Trump by 15 points among women, 49 percent to 34 percent.
Trump is also facing trouble as his unfavorable rating has crept up by 4 percent since August, leaving him now with an unfavorable rating of 59 percent.
According to Paleologos, the poll proves not only to be good news for the Clinton campaign, but also for Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson.
‘There are many positive data points for Hillary Clinton in this poll. The only reasonably good news for Donald Trump is that Clinton’s 44 percent number never moved in the head-to-head matchup.’
He continued, saying:
‘Trump’s number dropped from 42 percent in August to 38 percent today, but he lost many of his voters to Gary Johnson, not Clinton.’
Johnson managed to conjure up 7 percent of likely voter support, with Independent American Party candidate Darrell Castle and Reform Party nominee Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente each tied pulling in 1 percent of likely voter support, while 5 percent remained undecided.
When likely voters were asked if they feel more or less safe living in the United States than 10 years ago, 48 percent claimed they felt less safe, 12 percent said more safe, and 38 percent claimed to feel no change.
According to 23 percent of likely Nevada voters, the economy/jobs is the most important issue facing the next President of the United States. Closely behind that are national security issues and terrorism, with 20 percent of those polled saying that is the most important issue our next commander-in-chief must tackle. Choosing a Supreme Court nominee ranked third on the list, with 11 percent saying that is the most important issue, and just 7 percent saying education remains the most important issue.
The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted from September 27-29 via telephone. Interviews were conducted on respondents who claimed they were very likely or somewhat likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The poll maintains a margin of error of -/+ 4.4 percent, with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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