Michigan voters polarized in their choice of candidate

(AP file)

The Michigan voters who answered a WLNS-TV poll say they have a pretty good idea why they’re backing the candidate of their choice.

Almost two-thirds of Hillary Clinton supporters (65%) say they’re voting for the Democrat, while almost a third say they’re choosing her because they’re against Trump (30%). Only 4% said “both”.

The top three reasons Clinton supporters say the back her is because:

  • Experience (16%)
  • Agree with her on the issues (7%)
  • Qualified (6%)

The top reasons they say they’re voting against Trump is:

  • Not qualified (8%)
  • Voting against him (6%)
  • There’s a four-way tie for third place (4% each)
    • Insane
    • Racist
    • Rude/crass
    • Unintelligent

Meanwhile, Trump supporters are more driven by their hatred of Hillary. They’re almost evenly split over whether they’re voting for Trump (44%) or against Clinton (43%). Ten percent of Trump voters said “both”.

The top three reasons Trump supporters say the back him is because:

  • Change (9%)
  • Not a politician/Business background (8%)
  • Honest/blunt (7%)

And almost a third of Trump voters (32%) also say they’re voting for him because they consider Clinton a “liar, crook, or criminal”.

The poll, conducted by the Lansing firm EPIC MRA, includes the opinions of 600 people. The questions went out between October 22nd and 24th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%. The margins may be higher for sub-groups of voters.


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