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EXCLUSIVE POLL: Presidential race between Clinton & Trump too close to call in Michigan

Posted: 3:00 PM, Sep 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-16 01:10:14Z

The race for U.S. President has narrowed considerably in Michigan and is now too close to call! 

If the General Election were held today, Democrat Hillary Clinton would barely beat Republican Donald Trump by only 3 points in a four way race that includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Clinton would capture 38% of the vote compared to Trump’s 35%, Johnson’s 10% and Stein’s 4%.  Thirteen percent of eligible voters are undecided. 

In a two-way match, the former U.S. Secretary of State holds a 4-point lead, 42% - 38% over the New York businessman with 17% not sure how they would vote.   

When the 600 respondents were given more detailed information about the individual candidates, Clinton comes out on top by 6 points.  

These are the newest results in an exclusive WXYZ-TV 7/Detroit Free Press Poll conducted by Lansing-based EPIC MRA for media polling partners in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint. 

Pollster Bernie Porn summed up the race this way, “The race has tightened dramatically. Hillary Clinton is losing support among African Americans, younger people and white voters without a college education.” Porn then added, “The race is too close to call because it’s within the plus or minus 4% margin of error but Trump’s support is still softer than Clinton’s.”

The statewide survey of likely Michigan voters also found the main reasons why voters are supporting their preferred candidates. 

Sixteen percent choose Clinton over Trump because they believe she has more experience to govern the nation.   Nine percent say they are just against Trump “in general.” 

Those who plan to cast their ballot for Trump, 13%, say it is because he is not a politician and they like his “business background.” 

Thirty-three percent of anti-Clinton voters believe she is a “liar, crook or criminal.”

Trump receives his highest support, 28%, from voters who are convinced he will keep the nation’s military strong.  Clinton’s strongest support, 53%, comes from those who say she will do a better job addressing international relations and foreign policy.

The survey was conducted September 10 – 13.  Thirty percent of the conversations were done over mobile phones.