New CNN/ORC polls show Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump separated by just one percentage point in two key swing states: Pennsylvania and Colorado.
The results of the Colorado poll show Trump up by one point, with 42 percent to Clinton’s 41 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson receives 13 percent support in the Centennial State, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein receives 3 percent.
Clinton and Trump are separated by one point in Pennsylvania as well, but this poll showed Clinton with the slight advantage. Clinton receives 45 percent support in Pennsylvania, while Trump receives 44 percent. Gary Johnson receives 6 percent support and Jill Stein receives 3 percent.
The results of these two polls show a significant divide among white voters with college degrees. The polls show Clinton leading Trump among white college graduates by 11 points in Pennsylvania and 16 points in Colorado. Trump leads among white voters without college degrees by 19 points in Pennsylvania and 22 points in Colorado.
The results of the polls also imply that Clinton must work harder to win support from voters who are backing third party candidates if she wants to gain an advantage over Trump. Trump isn’t polling particularly well among younger voters in either state, and CNN suggests that it is Johnson’s appeal among younger voters that is pulling votes away from Clinton. When Johnson and Stein are taken out of the equation, Clinton beats Trump in both states — 50 percent to 47 percent in Pennsylvania and 49 percent to 47 percent in Colorado.
When it comes to specific issues, voters from both Colorado and Pennsylvania listed the economy as their biggest concern. Trump beat Clinton 50 percent to 47 percent in both states when voters were asked which candidate would do a better job at handling the economy.
Clinton comes out on top on the issues of foreign policy and immigration, though. In Pennsylvania, 59 percent of voters said she was best for handling foreign policy compared to 37 percent who favored Trump on this subject. On immigration, Clinton beats Trump by two percentage points, 50 percent to 48 percent.
The results for foreign policy are similar in Colorado, where Clinton beats Trump 59 percent to 38 percent, but Clinton fares even better there on immigration, receiving 53 percent support to Trump’s 45 percent.
Voters were fairly evenly split when it came to choosing which candidate would do better at handling terrorism. In Pennsylvania, Clinton leads by one point, 49 percent to 48 percent. In Colorado, both candidates receive 48 percent support.
One of the largest leads that Clinton has over Trump in the two polls has to do with temperament. When voters were asked which candidate has the “temperament to serve effectively as president,” Clinton beat Trump 61 percent to 32 percent in Colorado and 60 percent to 34 percent in Pennsylvania.
Clinton also leads Trump when it comes to the question of which candidate is better able to handle the “responsibilities of commander in chief.” In Colorado, she beats Trump 52 percent to 42 percent, and in Pennsylvania, she beats him 55 percent to 41 percent.
The CNN/ORC Polls in Colorado and Pennsylvania were conducted by telephone from Sept. 20 to Sept. 25. The Colorado poll interviewed 1,010 adults, 784 of which are likely to vote in November. The Pennsylvania poll interviewed 1,032 adults, 771 of which are likely voters. Results for likely voters in both states have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
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