New Poll Shows Wisconsin May Be In Play For Trump

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Winning Wisconsin may not be out of the realm of possibility for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Trump trails Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by just 5 points in The Badger State amongst likely voters, according to a poll released by Monmouth University Wednesday. Forty-three percent say they would vote for Clinton, to the 38 percent that said they would back the billionaire if the election were held today. Libertarian candidate former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson took in 7 percent of the vote, followed by Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 3 percent.

Neither candidate received particularly high favorability ratings. Clinton had a slight edge on Trump, with 50 percent saying they viewed her unfavorably, 7 percent lower than her Republican opponent. Just 26 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Trump, while 34 percent had a high opinion of Clinton.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they thought Trump would do a bad job “looking out for the little guy,” versus Clinton’s 49 percent. Just 35 percent said they thought the real estate mogul would do a good job, in comparison to Clinton’s 43 percent.

The traditionally blue state, which hasn’t been won by a Republican since 1984, would be a huge victory for the Trump camp; it holds 10 electoral votes.

President Barack Obama won the state by 7 points in the 2012 presidential race against Republican nominee former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The poll was conducted Aug. 27-30, with a random sample of 404 likely Wisconsin voters. It leaves a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

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