Poll: 1/3rd of Michiganders voting “against” a presidential candidate, not “for”

More than a third of Michigan voters in a recent poll say they’re not voting “for” the candidate they support as much as they’re voting “against” the other one.

In a poll released Thursday commissioned for WLNS-TV, 36% of the people who said they were casting a ballot for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton say they’re doing it to vote against Republican nominee Donald Trump. Just over half (53%) said they were voting to support the candidate and 10% said they’re both pro-Clinton and anti-Trump.

On the flip side, almost 2 in 5 Trump voters (39%) say they’re voting more against Clinton than for Trump. Exactly half (50%) of them say they’re voting primarily to support Trump. Nine percent say they’re voting both for Trump and against Clinton.

Both candidates are plagued by high “unfavorable” scores. More than half (52%) of those polled have a negative view of Clinton, and two-thirds (66%) have an unfavorable view of Trump.

We also learned why voters are supporting the candidate of their choice. The top three reasons for Clinton supporters are her experience, because they agree with her on the issues, and because of her temperament.

The top reasons Trump supporters say they’re backing him are because of his non-politician/business background, because they want to vote for change, and because they agree with him on the issues

The poll of 600 residents was taken between October 1st and October 3rd and has a margin of error of +/-4%. The margin could be higher with sub-groups.

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