Clinton returns to double-digit lead over Trump


Hillary Clinton is back to a double digit lead over Donald Trump in the race for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.

A new poll conducted for WLNS-TV and media partners across the state show the Democrat with 46% of the vote to 36% for the Republican in a head-to-head match up. 16% were undecided. Two percent volunteered the name of Libertarian Gary Johnson, although he was not listed among the options.

In a four-way race, when Johnson was an option with Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Clinton holds an 11 point lead. The results break down like this:

  • Clinton – 43%
  • Trump – 32%
  • Johnson – 10%
  • Stein – 3%
  • Undecided/Other/Refused to answer – 12%

Clinton’s lead in a similar September poll showed her with a 4 point head-to-head lead and just a 3 point lead with Johnson and Stein in the poll.

The poll shows first presidential debate influenced some thinking. Of those polled, 61% said Clinton won the face off, while only 12% say Trump won. And while 71% of voters said the debate didn’t change their thinking either way, 22% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Clinton, while only 6% said the same about Trump.

Favorability may also play a role. Neither Clinton nor Trump score particularly well with voters, but there’s still a big difference between the two. Clinton’s scores are 40% favorable and 52% unfavorable. But Trump scores just 27% favorable and 66% unfavorable.

The EPIC MRA poll sampled 600 people between October 1 and October 3 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Stay tuned to 6 News for continuing coverage of the race. We’ll also continue to break down the poll numbers throughout the day.

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