Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton among Tennessee voters, the latest MTSU Poll shows.
In a four-way race of likely voters in Tennessee, if the election were held today:
- Trump (Republican) — 48 percent
- Clinton (Democrat) — 36 percent
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) — 5 percent
- Jill Stein (Green Party) — 1 percent
- Undecided/leaning Trump — 2 percent
- Undecided/leaning Clinton — 2 percent
The remainder of likely voters say they will vote for someone else, that they don’t know who they will vote for or lean toward, or give no answer.
The MTSU Poll was conducted between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2, following the first presidential candidate debate featuring Clinton and Trump. Registered voters in Tennessee were surveyed via random telephone calls to landline and mobile phones. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.
Likely voters were identified from among those participants by their responses to a series of questions about past voting behavior and intention of voting in the November general election. The poll captured responses from 600 registered voters, from whom 472 (79 percent) were identified as likely voters.
When likely voters were asked to choose only between Clinton and Trump, the outcome was nearly identical to results of the four-way contest, with 50 percent saying they would vote for Trump, and 40 percent saying they would vote for Clinton.
“Barely half of Tennessee’s likely voters support Mr. Trump,” said Dr. Ken Blake, director of the poll at Middle Tennessee State University, “but that is more than enough for him to decisively defeat his opponents and win the state’s 11 electoral college votes.”