Currently, 46% of likely voters support Clinton and 42% back Trump, with 8% supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson, and 2% backing Jill Stein of the Green Party. Support among all registered voters stands at 45% Clinton, 40% Trump, 8% Johnson, and 3% Stein. In late August, Clinton’s likely voter support was the same at 46% while Trump’s support was lower at 39%. Third party support is basically unchanged.
Clinton has the support of 91% of Democrats while Trump gets the backing of 85% of Republicans. This result is in line with Clinton’s partisan support over the summer, but represents an improvement for Trump, whose GOP support was below 80% in prior polls. Independents prefer Trump over Clinton by 39% to 33%. In late August, Clinton had a 5 point advantage among independents while earlier last month Trump held a slim 2 point edge.
Clinton leads among millennial voters under 35 years old by 48% to 28%, although a sizable number give their support to Johnson (13%) and Stein (4%). Voters who are 35 to 54 years old split their support at 42% for Trump and 41% for Clinton. Voters age 55 and older are also divided at 47% for Clinton and 46% for Trump. Clinton had a clear edge among all these age groups last month.
“Clinton’s support has softened since the summer, but she has still managed to grab a share of those who tend to vote Republican,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.