NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to maintain a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
Officials say Donald Trump has rebounded slightly in Virginia since a "Access Hollywood" tape went viral in recent weeks. However, Clinton is still leading, 45-33 percent.
“While Trump appears to have recovered a little of the support he lost after the release of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, his reach continues to be no higher than the mid-30s,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center. “That ceiling is far too low to win, especially as Clinton’s share continues to rise.”
Data from the survey shows northern Virginia continues to drive Clinton's lead, with 57 percent of voters there saying they would vote for Clinton and 21 percent saying they would vote for Trump. Clinton's lead in Hampton Roads and Richmond are still solid and have returned to its pre-'Access Hollywood' margins.
“Clinton’s continued rise in Northern Virginia tells the larger story of political change in Virginia,” said Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Center. “Bluer and bluer voters in suburban Washington, and their like in Richmond and Hampton Roads, far outweigh rural voters’ preference for Trump.”
Among women in the state, Clinton has nearly double the percentage of Trump at 47-25 percent. Men are divided at 42 percent for Clinton and 41 percent for Trump. Clinton also leads with Millenials at 45-24 percent.
The survey was conducted Oct. 16-19 among 834 likely Virginia voters, prior to the third presidential
debate. It has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.9 %.