Clinton Leads in Virginia by 14 Points but Still Viewed as ‘Unfavorable’ by Many
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by 14 points (52% to 38%) among registered voters in Virginia, according to a Washington Post poll conducted Aug. 11-14.
Among those likely to vote in the state, Clinton beats Trump by 8 points (51% to 43%), and leads him by 7-points in a four-way race.
Virginia, a deciding state, had gone Republican for decades during presidential elections until Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012.
Although Clinton is leading in Virginia, she’s still struggling with her likability. The poll shows 54 percent of registered voters in the state have an unfavorable impression of the Democrat, while 44 percent view her favorably.
However, her likability rating is higher than Trump’s. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they view the GOP candidate unfavorably, with 32 percent viewing him favorably. The poll shows that a 56 percent majority see Trump in a “strongly unfavorable” way, 13 points higher than Clinton.
Clinton’s running mate and former governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, is helping the presidential candidate, as 54 percent view him as favorable, as opposed to 37 percent unfavorable. Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has a favorability-unfavorability rate of 37 percent to 34 percent.
Clinton Leading in National Poll
Meanwhile, Clinton is still leading Trump nationally by 9 points, 50 percent to 41 percent, a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll conducted Aug. 8-14 shows.
The Democrat continues her lead in a four-way race, with 43 percent against Trump (37%), Libertarian Gary Johnson (11%), and Green party candidate Jill Stein (4%).
The numbers haven’t changed much from last week, and Clinton’s and Trump’s low favorability numbers among voters persist, with the Democrat at 59 percent and the Republican at 64 percent.