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.
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.
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.