November 7, 2016

Clinton up by 8 in NM, according to latest poll

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at recent rallies. (Flickr/cc, Flickr/cc)

A likely final poll of the presidential race in New Mexico puts Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican nominee Donald Trump by eight points.

The poll found Clinton leads Trump 45 percent to 37 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson came away with 11 percent support while Green Party candidate Jill Stein polled at 3 percent support.

Results from the poll, conducted by Gravis Marketing, are perhaps most surprising because of the organization it’s commissioned by—Breitbart News.

The right-wing online news organization is notable for its enthusiasm for Trump and the so-called “alt right” segment of his supporters who deviate from more mainstream conservatives, especially on racial issues. Steven Bannon, the website’s former executive chairman, is currently the chief executive for Trump’s campaign.

Despite this, the poll gives Clinton a greater edge of support in New Mexico than other recent polls, such as the Research and Polling survey released over the weekend that found Clinton ahead of Trump by five points.

The poll didn’t just ask questions about likely voters’ preferred candidate in the presidential race. It also weighed in on some of the controversies that have clouded the campaigns—or at least the controversies facing Clinton’s campaign.

One question asked how news of FBI Director James Comey’s October announcement that the agency was again investigating Clinton emails from her private server would impact their vote. Fifty-four percent of respondents said the news would not likely affect their vote, while 25 percent said the news was more likely to affect their vote and 21 percent said it was less likely.

Sunday, Comey followed up and announced after reviewing newly discovered emails, the FBI was sticking by its original decision not to charge Clinton for wrongdoing on the email issue.

Other questions posed to likely voters reflect the news organization that commissioned it. One asked whether President Obama should “publicly announce” he will not pardon Clinton “for any crimes committed prior to the 2016 election” if she is elected.

Forty-three percent of respondents said yes, 24 percent said no and 33 percent didn’t know.

Another asks whether Clinton should announce that, if elected, she will not pardon herself “for any crimes committed prior to the 2016 election.”

Forty-four percent said yes, 26 percent said no and 30 percent were unsure.

Clinton has not been charged with any crimes.

The poll, which surveyed 1,327 registered voters in the state through landline phone calls and cell phone users reached through the internet, was conducted on Nov. 1 and 2. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.7 percent.

Read the full results of the poll below:

New Mexico (November 4, 2016) v1 (1) by Breitbart News on Scribd