Clinton Leads Over Trump in CT: Q-Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday morning says Connecticut voters put Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican Donald Trump, 45 to 38 percent, in the presidential race.

The new poll also says there is little love for either candidate.

"While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, her single digit lead is smaller than might be expected from true-blue Connecticut, and her negative favorability rating is almost as bad as his," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a news release.

Clinton secured enough commitments on Monday to become the Democrats' presumptive nominee and first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party. 

Trump secured the magic number of delegates late last month. 

When third-party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton gets 41 percent, with 36 percent for Trump, 6 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and 3 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the poll finds.

Quinnipiac University pollsters also found that Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, tops Trump, 54 to 35 percent.

"Maybe Connecticut will matter again in the general election, just as it did in the primaries. Trump won the primary overwhelmingly. Could he win here again in November? Unlikely, but there already have been so many surprises, who knows?," Schwartz said.

A total of 37 percent of Connecticut voters said they have a "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion of Clinton, while 55 percent have a "somewhat unfavorable" or "strongly unfavorable" opinion.

Trump gets 33 percent "strongly favorable" or "somewhat unfavorable" and 61 percent "somewhat unfavorable" or "very unfavorable."

Ninety percent of voters said they don't know enough about Stein to form an opinion of her and 86 percent don't know enough about Johnson.

Connecticut voters said, 61 to 37 percent, that Clinton is prepared for the job as president, and they said, 69 to 30 percent, that Trump is not prepared.

Voters said, 55 to 42 percent, that if Trump is president, he will bring about "real change in the way things are done in Washington." If Clinton is president, it will be "business as usual," voters say, 82 to 16 percent.

Clinton has the right "personality and temperament" to be president, voters say 60 - 39 percent, but Trump does not, voters say 68 - 29 percent.

"It's pretty amazing that Trump is within single digits of Clinton, given how poorly he scores on having the temperament and being prepared for the presidency," Schwartz said. "What Trump has going for him is the desire for change, and the weakness of Hillary Clinton." 

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