With the U.S. presidential election now less than eight weeks away, a new poll reveals that Democrat voters are less enthusiastic about voting now than they were in August.
The telephone poll by CBS News and the New York Times was conducted from September 9-13, among 1,753 random adults, with 1,433 of those being registered voters. No information is given on how many of those polled were Democrats and how many were Republicans.
Based on the poll, the race is basically tied between Trump and Clinton.
Among likely voters, Clinton had only a 2-point lead, but when third party candidates are included, the race is tied, while Clinton leads by five points among the “broader electorate” of registered voters.
Among Trump and Clinton supporters, few voters polled say they will change their mind. 92% of Trump supporters and 94% of Clinton supporters say their choice has already been made.
When asked about their enthusiasm for their candidate, Trump supporters are much more excited about voting than Clinton supporters are, and Republican enthusiasm has remained strong. However, Democrat enthusiasm has dropped, from 47 percent to 38 percent in August among those who are “very enthusiastic.”
A huge gender gap is still in place, with Trump holding a double-digit lead among men, and Clinton holding a similar lead among women.
More white voters support Trump, while more African Americans support Clinton.
Among young people, Clinton has more support from voters under age 30 – but the youth vote is not as strong for her as it was for Obama in 2012. Clinton currently has about 48 percent of the youth vote, while Obama had 60 percent in 2012.
29 percent of young voters say they’ll vote for Trump, and 21 percent say they’ll either not vote or vote for a third party candidate.
At least four out of every 10 voters believe candidates should release their medical records.
The first debate is less than two weeks away.
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