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Hampton University Center for Public Policy Latest Poll Making Headlines Across the Country
09/07/2016 - #23

Hampton, Va. -- White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are locked in a statistical dead heat with just about two months left before the November elections.

That’s a polling discovery released first by the Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) back in July and again in August, weeks ahead of CNN and other national polls.

Hampton University’s CPP posted its crucial political finding on Thursday, September 1.  That’s six days before CNN’s findings underscored that same basic fact on how voters are likely to cast ballots when they hit the polls on November 8.

The Washington Post distinguished the HU Center for Public Policy poll for its 100% accuracy in revealing that if the election were held right now; neither candidate would have a lead on the other; and, both candidates are saddled with relatively high unfavorable ratings. 

Hampton University’s CPP poll is making national headlines from coast to coast. The New York Times added it to its nationwide poll coverage and the Brietbart News Network pushed it to its 400,000 social followers.

The Center of Public Policy poll conducted from its base on the historic campus of Hampton University is being touted as far west as Las Vegas, across Midwestern cities including Pittsburgh, and in the neighboring markets of northern North Carolina and western Virginia. 

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump remain in the same virtual tie that CPP polled in July.  The poll questioned 801 Virginia voters who said they were likely to vote.  When asked for whom would they vote, 43% chose Democrat Hillary Clinton, and 41% indicated that they would vote for Republican Donald Trump.

Q4. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote:

The Democratic ticket of
Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine
The Republican ticket of
Donald Trump & Mike Pence
Don't know/Refused 16%
TOTAL 100%


Both candidates for president continue to struggle with high unfavorable ratings (Trump 55%, Clinton-54%), while their picks for vice-president both share high favorable ratings (Kaine 50%, Pence – 39%) among Virginians over relatively lower unfavorable ratings (Kaine 40%, Pence 32%).


Q10 & Q11.  Do you believe Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump is trustworthy or not?

August 2016
August 2016
Trustworthy 42% 32.1% 35% 28.5% 36.7% 40%
Not 56% 64.4% 61% 67.5% 58.1% 56%
Don't Know/Refused 2% 3.5% 3% 4% 5.2% 4%


The economy and jobs remain a number one concern and 52% of Virginians surveyed want the next president to make that issue a priority. 

 February 2016July 2016August 2016
Working to improve the economy and create jobs 47.8% 42.1% 52%
Terrorism 17% 23.9% 18%
Healthcare 15% 9.8% 16%
Size of government 8.8% 9% 5%
Immigration 7.6% 9.5% 4%
Don’t Know/Refused 3.8% 5.7% 4%


The Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) poll was conducted from August 24-28 and included 801 registered voters who said they were “likely” to vote on November 8 in the Virginia General Election.

The HU Center for Public Policy is an objective, non-partisan source for information and solutions on a variety of topics. Along with HU’s mission of education and service, the Center for Public Policy stands to serve as the pulse of the people of Virginia.  For top line results, the executive summary and more information on the Hampton University Center for Public Policy call 757-727-5426 or visit http://www.hamptonu.edu/cpp/


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