Study: Clinton leads Trump in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in Rhode Island, according to a newly released analysis.

The analysis of Rhode Island registered voters by the website Morning Consult put Clinton at 47% and Trump at 36%, with 17% of voters undecided. The results were little changed from the organization’s last Rhode Island analysis, released in April.

The results suggest Rhode Island is currently the ninth-best state in the country for Clinton. She performed even better in Massachusetts, leading Trump 50% to 33%.

The numbers are not from a traditional public-opinion survey. They were gleaned in part from online national polling of 57,000 U.S. registered voters conducted by Morning Consult between April and early July – an unusually long period of time to conduct a survey, which is typically a snapshot of a single moment.

“The analysis uses the opinions of 57,000 registered voters collected from April through June in tandem with a variety of demographic characteristics in each state, such as age, gender, and President Obama’s approval rating, to determine how the race would look now,” Morning Consult explained. The margin of error for the Rhode Island results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Clinton’s lead in Rhode Island is little surprise – the Democratic nominee for president has won Rhode Island in every election since 1976 except one, when Republican Ronald Reagan took the state in his 1984 re-election landslide.

The 47% support for Clinton in Rhode Island is sharply lower than the 63% won by Barack Obama here in the 2008 and 2012 elections, though Morning Consult uses unusual methodology and some of the results were collected more than six months before the general election. Clinton lost Rhode Island’s April primary to Bernie Sanders, who declined to endorse her until this week.

On the other hand, Trump’s 36% support in Rhode Island is right in line with the 35% won by both John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Trump won a landslide victory in Rhode Island’s April primary as GOP voter turnout surged.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He writes The Saturday Morning Post and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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