A poll from Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates released today finds that 74 percent of registered OKGOP voters now have a favorable view of their party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
In May, the polling report notes, only 54 percent of registered OKGOP members viewed Trump favorably. From Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates president Pat McFerron:
In an early May poll, Trump had a 20-point lead (48% Trump vs. 28% Clinton) but only 38% of Oklahomans had a favorable impression of the Republican nominee. Today, Trump garners 53% of the vote and has increased his favorable 12 points while decreasing his negative by nine, for a net change of 21-points.
McFerron notes that the poll indicates Trump holds a 24-point lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has seen her already abysmal numbers get slightly worse. Now at a 29% favorable / 65% unfavorable, Clinton has dropped a net of four points since May (31% favorable / 63% unfavorable). Perhaps most striking is that 55% of Oklahomans say their opinion of the Democrat nominee is “strongly unfavorable.” Clinton unites Republicans: 92% have an unfavorable impression of her. Meanwhile, she divides registered Democrats (54% favorable; 37% unfavorable). In rural Oklahoma, 72% have an unfavorable impression of the former first lady.
Clinton finds her strongest support (38 percent) in what the polling sheet lists as central Oklahoma, as well as the Tulsa metro. Trump, on the other hand, receives his broadest support in rural southwest Oklahoma (64 percent).
Libertarian candidate reaching threshold
The poll offers positive news for Oklahoma Libertarians, who need presidential candidate Gary Johnson to receive at least 10 percent of the November vote for their party to remain recognized in the state.
The poll shows Johnson right at 10 percent support, while it shows 9 percent of registered voters as undecided. Johnson’s support stood at 6 percent in May, according to the polling sheet.
The poll’s margin of error is listed as +/- 4.3 percent.
Clinton and Trump debate tonight at 8 p.m. this evening. Johnson did not receive enough polling support to make the final cut from the Commission on Presidential Debates.