UT Poll: Texans favor Trump over Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin shows Texans favoring Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for President.

However, the results found Texans will vote based on going against the other candidate more than selecting their top choice. The poll concluded, Trump would win the race for the White House with a 41 percent majority over Clinton’s 33 percent; 19 percent would choose another candidate.

“Neither candidate can fairly be described as having captured the hearts and minds of supporters in their own parties,” said James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-director of the poll. “But in an echo of national polling, hostility toward the opposing party’s candidate is a powerful force in Texans’ attitudes toward the presidential race.”

With 55 percent, the majority of Trump voters said they would mark their ballots against Clinton. While 44 percent said Trump was their number one choice. Both candidates were predicted to be “poor” or “terrible” in the Oval Office.

The statewide poll was gathering by YouGov, taking a sample from 1,200 registered voters.

For more on the poll, visit the Texas Politics Project website here. 

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