Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2016)—Hillary Clinton continues to hold a narrow line against Donald Trump, bolstered by a modest bump following the first presidential debate, according to a before-and-after PRRI/The Atlantic survey released Thursday. In the days following the debate, Clinton’s support among likely voters jumped four percentage points to 47 percent, the survey showed, while Trump’s support fell to 41 percent
The survey also reveals an electorate less interested in voting than in past years. Only 59 percent are positive they’ll cast a ballot, and more than a quarter told pollsters they’d put their odds of voting at 50-50 or less. Two-thirds of respondents said Trump has only a weak grasp of the average American’s problems, while 48 percent felt the same when it comes to Clinton’s understanding of the challenges confronting their communities.
Reporting on the survey's topline findings by The Atlantic’s Andrew McGill is online at The Atlantic’s Politics & Policy section. A full look at the findings can be found on PRRI’s website. All citations should be attributed to PRRI/The Atlantic.
The survey also explored likely voter breakdown based on distance of voters’ hometown to their current residence. Clinton still lags with white working class likely voters (32 percent vs. 56 percent for Trump). Portions of white likely voters who still live in their hometown show a strong preference toward Donald Trump (57 percent vs. 31 percent); and nearly half (46 percent) of those who live more than a two-hour drive away from their hometown are supporting Clinton compared to 40 percent who are supporting Trump.