New poll of Georgia shows Donald Trump widening lead over Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he listens to a reporters question to Geno's Steaks, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he listens to a reporters question to Geno’s Steaks, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

A new poll of Georgia voters shows Republican Donald Trump with his biggest lead yet over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Quinnipiac University of Connecticut on Thursday released polls of four battleground states: Colorado, Iowa, Virginia and Georgia. In each, the surveys found good news for Trump: His deficits in Colorado and Virginia have shrunk and his lead in Iowa and Georgia have widened.

In Georgia, the top line has him leading Clinton 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 percent, with a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points. Here are the key results from the other three states:

  • Virginia: Clinton 45, Trump 39, Johnson 8 (margin of error: 3.8 percentage points)
  • Colorado: Clinton 44, Trump 42, Johnson 10 (MOE: 3.9)
  • Iowa: Trump 44, Clinton 37, Johnson 10 (MOE: 4)

Here in Georgia, the Q poll shows Trump with a commanding 55 percent to 34 percent lead among men and has Clinton only up 45 to 41 among women. Independents break for Trump 43 percent to 40 percent.

The biggest curiosity about this poll, and one possible reason to be wary, is Quinnipiac’s researchers only break down the racial demographic of its sample by “white” and “non-white.” Among whites, Trump leads 72 percent to 16 percent, while Clinton leads “non-whites” 73-14.

We’ve asked Quinnipiac for more information and details about how its “non white” sample breaks down and the results for each segment but have not gotten a response.

We raise the issue as a Monmouth University poll released Monday, which showed Trump leading here 45-42 over Clinton (Johnson had 8 percent) showed Clinton leading among African-Americans 88 percent to 4 percent for Trump.

 


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