The latest poll results from Quinnipiac University reveal that, overall, public leanings towards presumptive presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are about evenly split — but within certain demographics, the two are extremely polarized.
Republican candidate Donald Trump secured a mere 1% of African-American support in the poll of 1,610 registered voters, released June 29. Clinton, on the other hand, was backed by 91% of African-Americans surveyed.
“You’re not going to find a lot of black people who openly support Donald Trump,” Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American preacher and Trump supporter in South Carolina, told the NY Daily News. “If they openly supported Donald Trump, they’d get viciously attacked within their own community.”
While Republicans have historically had a difficult time garnering the black vote, Trump’s current statistics may make him the least-popular candidate among African-Americans ever. Mitt Romney, who ran against an incumbent Barack Obama in 2012, earned 6% of the black vote, while Senator John McCain secured only 4% back in 2008.
Trump, however, leads over Clinton in the white male demographic, 56% to her 25%, as well as among voters over age 50.
Clinton showed stronger among white women (42%), Hispanics (50%), voters with college degrees (47%), and Millennials (48%) — half of whom admit to counting on social media for consumer decisions and 60% of whom use social networks to stay up-to-date on media brands.
All told, however, Trump and Clinton currently seem to be running neck-and-neck, with Trump gaining an overall 40% of voter support and Clinton with a slight advantage at 42%. The poll, the authors note, has a two-point margin of error.
“It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, told the New York Times. “Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched-earth campaign between two candidates they don’t like.”