Trump Loses Points But Retains Lead Over Clinton In New Presidential Poll

Aug 9, 2016 | By CA Editors
Trump Loses Points But Retains Lead Over Clinton In New Presidential Poll
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lost a small amount of ground to Democrat Hillary Clinton in the most recent Cigar Aficionado presidential poll—the first conducted since both parties officially chose their presidential candidates—but Trump remains a commanding favorite among cigar-loving voters.

Nearly 6,000 people participated in the poll, which ran on cigaraficionado.com from August 1 to August 8. Respondents were given the option of choosing between Trump and Clinton, and were also asked to pick the most concerning major issue influencing their vote.

Cigar Aficionado presidential poll

More than 63 percent said they would vote for Trump if the election were held today, while nearly 37 percent said they favored Clinton. Compared to the poll conducted in July, Trump has lost about 4 percentage points while Clinton has gained nearly 5 percent more votes than before. The polling came after a week in which Trump was heavily criticized for his response to a speech given by Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents to a Muslim-American soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.

The poll began in February, and Trump has consistently led all nominees, even when the field was far more vast than it is today.

Cigar Aficionado presidential poll

When it comes to the major political issues, the Economy continues to be the most worrisome with pollsters, as more than 40 percent said it was leading issue of concern. Coming second was Terrorism and ISIS at a little more than 23 percent, with Government Regulations coming in third at nearly 10 percent. Since Cigar Aficionado began conducting the monthly poll, the Economy has consistently ranked as the number one concern among poll-takers.

Cigar Aficionado will repeat this poll in September.

"It's an odd poll in that is at odds with FiveThirtyEight.com and ElectionProjection.com - I reckon it shows a correlation between Cigar enthusiasts and GOP. Not really a pulse on the country as a whole. What is consistent with those more historically accurate projection sites is that Trump is losing ground. I'm not going to quit smoking over it one way or the other. ;-)" —August 17, 2016 17:36 PM
"Trump's "Make America Great Again" needs an explanation as to "when" in time he considers America greater than the present; specifically is he comparing past "Economic" or " Social" conditions. The definition of great like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If making America "great" again mean restoring the income distribution to a time when we had a thriving "middle class" I am all for it. If it means restoring those times when not all Americans had equal economic and social opportunity then I am against it. America is "great" when all of its citizens have an equal opportunity to participate in its greatness." —August 13, 2016 12:23 PM
"Paul Saunders, what makes you think we are "behnd the times" Republicans, probably but, mostly just Americans who enjoy life and freedom provided by our Constitutional Republic. As I see the results of this poll, it seems to represent some issues that are important to most. I would have added government overstep, social security and veteran administration." —August 10, 2016 07:30 AM
"Why are cigar smokers so far behind the rest of the country? Too many republicans?" —August 9, 2016 18:23 PM
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