VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) – The presidential race in Virginia Beach could wind up being “closer than close,” based on a poll of likely voters by 13News Now, The Virginian-Pilot, and Christopher Newport University.
The poll was conducted from October 2 to October 6, prior to the second presidential debate. It surveyed 706 people who are registered to vote in Virginia Beach.
Phone interviewers asked the participants if the election was held the day of the interview, would they vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.
- 43 percent said they would vote for Trump.
- 42 percent said they would choose Clinton.
The remainder of the respondents fell into three other response categories:
- 7 percent said they would vote for someone other than Trump and Clinton.
- 6 percent said they were undecided.
- 2 percent said they did not know for whom they would vote.
Interviewers then broadened the candidate pool, giving people who participated in the poll five options:
- Hillary Clinton (Democrat)
- Donald Trump (Republican)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
- Jill Stein (Green)
- Evan McMullin (Independent)
With more options, the responses shifted. Both Clinton and Trump lost support, with an outcome that put them in a tie:
- 38 percent Clinton
- 38 percent Trump
- 11 percent Johnson
- 3 percent Stein
- 2 percent McMullin
- Remaining respondents either stated they would vote for someone else, were undecided, or didn’t know for whom they would vote.
Survey respondents skewed Republican with 33 percent identifying with the GOP, 27 percent identifying with Democratic Party, and 36 percent stating they considered themselves Independent. The remaining respondents said they had no preference when it comes to political affiliation or didn’t know with which party they identified.