Trump tied with Clinton in Utah after
lewd remarks in video: poll
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[October 13, 2016]
By Alex Dobuzinskis
(Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee
Donald Trump's support has sharply fallen in Utah where a poll on
Wednesday showed him tied with Democrat Hillary Clinton in a state that
has voted Republican in presidential races for decades.
The survey of 500 people from Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics also
showed a surge for Evan McMullin, an ex-CIA officer running as an
Trump and Clinton were both at 26 percent while McMullin, a member of
the Mormon faith that dominates in Utah, trailed just behind at 22
The telephone poll of likely voters was conducted on Monday and Tuesday,
after a video featuring comments from Trump about groping women surfaced
The survey underscored the level of disaffection some conservatives have
shown for Trump, who has found himself at odds with much of the
Republican Party establishment.
The last time a Republican presidential nominee lost in Utah was in the
landslide national election victory of President Lyndon Johnson, a
Democrat, in 1964.
"There's limits to partisanship even in Utah of all places," Scott
Riding, managing partner of Y2 Analytics, said.
The poll results indicate severe erosion in Trump's popularity in Utah
even as Clinton's support has grown slightly. A Salt Lake Tribune poll
in September put support for Trump at 34 percent, compared with 25
percent for Clinton.
A number of prominent Utah Republicans, including Governor Gary Herbert
and U.S. Senator Mike Lee, pulled their support for Trump or called on
him to quit the race.
McMullin, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and investment
banker whose campaign is based in Utah, is less well known nationally
than the other minor candidates, Green Party nominee Jill Stein and
Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.
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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic
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presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis,
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Johnson ranked fourth in the Y2 Analytics poll with support from 14
percent of likely voters, roughly in line with his previous level of
support in Utah.
McMullin, who is running as a conservative independent, is on the
ballot in a dozen states including Utah, with plans to expand his
reach before the Nov. 8 election, according to his campaign
spokesman Rick Wilson.
The vast majority of participants in the poll were familiar with the
video tape of Trump's vulgar comments about women during a 2005
recording and a third of them said it lowered their opinion of the
New York businessman.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve
Gorman and Alistair Bell)
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