Donald Trump holds a five-point advantage among likely voters in the swing state Ohio, according to a new Bloomberg poll.
The Democratic nominee is seen in an unfavorable light by 57 percent of Ohio voters surveyed. Republican nominee Donald Trump is also seen in unfavorable terms by a majority of Ohio voters, but his 52 percent rating is still five points better than Clinton’s – the exact same margin as the likely vote.
According to the Bloomberg poll, Ohio voters were very concerned about Clinton’s handling of her emails, her actions during the Benghazi attack, and the fact that the Clinton foundation accepted money from foreign governments during her time as secretary of state. Meanwhile, Trumps refusal to release his taxes, and his involvement in Trump University are not seen as damaging to the candidate.
The Bloomberg Politics Ohio Poll was conducted between September 9-12 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. It was based on interviews with 802 Ohio residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Can Clinton win the race without Ohio? This year’s electoral college map certainly suggests she can, assuming the Democrat can win Virginia and North Carolina, and hang on to other traditionally blue states.
But Clinton missteps, combined with continued concerns over her health – whether justified or not – are combining to see polls slide towards Donald Trump.
The LA Times/USC Tracking poll (which to repeat, is really a panel poll) now shows Trump up nationally by five points. This poll has always overstated the amount of support for Trump compared to other polls, but it has accurately shown trends. The poll has moved from even to Trump up five in just the past week.