Rhode Island routinely ranks as one of the most Democratic states in the country.
But Donald Trump, according to a new poll, is down just three points on Hillary Clinton in the traditionally-reliable Democratic stronghold Barack Obama won by 27 points in 2012.
A poll released Wednesday from Boston’s Emerson College shows Clinton at 44 percent, Trump at 41 percent, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 8.4 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 3.5 percent.
According to the Emerson College Polling Society, the Rhode Island poll was conducted September 2-5 of 800 likely general election voters and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent. The pollsters said the data was weighted by the state’s 2012 election results. The data, they said, was collected using an interactive voice response system of landline phones.
The college polled the presidential race in six New England states and New Jersey. The results show Clinton ahead in all seven states, though the contests are tight in Rhode Island, New Jersey and New Hampshire.
“Compared to President Obama’s state-level margins of victory in the 2012 general election, Clinton’s advantage is notably smaller in several states,” Emerson College wrote in a polling summary.
In New Jersey, Clinton has 47 percent, Trump has 43 percent, Johnson has five percent and Stein has two percent.
In New Hampshire, Clinton is at 42 percent, Trump is at 37 percent, Johnson is at 14 percent and Stein is at four percent.