WASHINGTON, D.C.: Despite visits to Michigan in recent weeks, Republican Donald Trump continues to trail Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state by a wide margin, with a poll released on Thursday (Friday in Manila) showing her ahead by 7 percentage points even though many voters remain concerned about her trustworthiness.
The poll released by Suffolk University in Boston to USA TODAY and the Free Press showed Clinton continuing to hold substantial leads among women and minority voters in Michigan that helped put her ahead of Trump 44 to 37 percent overall.
For his part, Trump led among male voters and white voters, but not by enough to make up the difference.
“It’s a solid lead [for Clinton],” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, who noted that she also holds a 54- to 28-percent lead in southeastern Michigan, the most-populated part of the state. “She’s winning in all the right places. She doesn’t have to win a lot of counties in Michigan to prevail.”
Trump’s campaign has given every indication since the end of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last month that Michigan is a battleground, giving two speeches in the state, including on to the Detroit Economic Club on August 8 (August 9 in Manila) and another outside Lansing last week. His campaign also is talking about another visit to Detroit early next month with former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who is advising the campaign and grew up in the city.
But the Suffolk poll — for which 500 likely voters were surveyed from Monday through Wednesday (Tuesday to Thursday in Manila) of this week — indicated that Trump continues to struggle in the state, especially among female voters, who supported Clinton 54 to 32 percent. Men, who made up a slightly smaller voting bloc than women, favored Trump 43 to 33 percent.
The poll asked voters for presidential preferences among six candidates to be listed on the November 8 (November 9 in Manila) ballot and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, though that figure would be larger for subgroups. Its results should not be compared directly to those from EPIC-MRA reported by the Free Press this month that also showed a lead for Clinton, because of differences between pollsters.
Clinton’s lead over Trump among minority voters in Michigan — 74 to 10 percent — comes as Trump has made overtures to black voters in Detroit and elsewhere around the U.S. Speaking to a mostly-white audience in Dimondale last Friday (Saturday in Manila), Trump urged black voters to swing their support to him, saying, “You live in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. What the hell do you have to lose?”