Clinton up by 7 points in VA as Trump gains ground in new poll

Clinton up by 7 points in VA as Trump gains ground in new poll

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (WWBT) - Hillary Clinton's double-digit lead over Donald Trump has dropped to 7 percentage points, according to a poll released Friday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

"True to form for the past several statewide elections in Virginia, Republican voters appear to be coming home late, but coming home," said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. "That's good news for Trump, and especially good news for the Republican candidates down-ballot."

Clinton's lead is now 46-39 over likely voters, according to the poll.

The poll says that a major factor in Trump's climb appears to be from women.

While Clinton leads 46-36 with women voters, she once had a 20-point lead in that demographic, the poll says.

The survey, which was conducted among 814 likely Virginia voters between Oct. 23-26, also shows that more Republicans are now saying they'll vote for Trump. His support among Republicans is now at 84 percent, up 12 points from the previous tracking poll.

"Republican women who were holding back or even considering a vote for Clinton, appear to be making peace with Trump as the reality of a Clinton win sinks in," said Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Center.

Both candidates gained support among independent voters as support for Libertarian Gary Johnson continues to decline.

The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.2 percent. The Wason Center will release its final tracking poll on Monday, Nov. 7.

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