Donald Trump could attract more support from third party and undecided voters if he plays his cards right. Voters are getting more acquainted with Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, and many would like to see them debate. And the presidential race is looking closer in Wisconsin.
TRUMP NARROWS LEAD, COULD HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTRACT THIRD PARTY VOTERS - Dana Blanton: “The race for the White House has narrowed. A new Fox News Poll finds Donald Trump gaining ground in the head-to-head matchup, despite improvements from Hillary Clinton on top issues….The poll finds Clinton garners 41 percent to Trump’s 39 percent, while Libertarian Gary Johnson receives 9 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 4 percent. The third-party candidates take more from Clinton than Trump, as she holds a six-point lead in the two-way matchup: 48-42 percent…. On immigration, by a wide 77-19 percent margin, voters support setting up a system for illegal immigrants currently working in the United States to become legal residents over deporting them, and those supporting legalization back Clinton over Trump by 18 points. ‘Trump has an opportunity to attract more support by moving off his hardline position on immigration. Nearly half of Johnson and Stein supporters say they’d be more likely to vote for him if he did,’ says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll along with Republican pollster Daron Shaw.” [Fox News]
Trump could also make a move among undecided voters, if they vote - Mark Blumenthal: “Our data confirm the most obvious facets of the undecided – they tend to be politically independent with major reservations about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – but also adds some critical nuance, including a slightly more Republican than Democratic tilt…. Republicans and Republican-leaning independents make up a slightly larger share of the undecided than Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents… Should every undecided voter cast a ballot, these results suggest an opportunity for Trump to narrow Clinton’s lead, if he can coax the Republicans among these voters to support him. However, both previous research and our data suggest that being completely undecided correlates with non-voting. In our interviews conducted earlier in previous weeks, for example, undecided voters said the chances of their voting in the general election were 50–50 or less far more often (26 percent) than those supporting Clinton (8 percent) or Trump (7 percent).”
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