High-Income Voters |Rallying to Clinton

     (CN) – Voters with household incomes of $100,000 or more are increasingly leaning toward supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to a poll conducted for Bloomberg News. The finding is an eye-opener as the demographic has historically supported the GOP candidate for president.
     The Purple Slice online poll conducted for Bloomberg politics found that in a two-way contest with Republican Donald Trump, she beats him 46 percent to 42 percent among likely high-income voters.
     The findings are particularly bad for Trump because this group makes up roughly one-third of the electorate.
     In 2012, high-income voters comprised 28 percent of those who went to the polls and voted overwhelmingly for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Exit polls on Election Day showed Romney enjoyed a 10-point lead among high-income voters over President Barack Obama.
     The latest poll, conducted by Purple Strategies Sept. 16-19, tapped the opinions of 600 likely general-election voters with household incomes of $100,000 or more. The margin of error in the poll in plus-or-minus 4 percent.
     The majority of respondents did say Trump would be better for their investments than Clinton, 45 percent to 36 percent, but 17 percent of those who had a positive opinion of Trump in this regard still said they will not vote for him.
     Purple Strategies’ managing partner Doug Usher attributed the disparity to Trump’s “campaign detours,” and told Bloomberg that “closing the gap will depend on bringing the conversation back to jobs, trade and the economy.”
     As in other polls, both candidates fared poorly when the respondents were asked how favorably they viewed them.
     Clinton was viewed favorably by 42 percent of those participating in the polls, while Trump was viewed favorably by just 36 percent.
     However, Clinton has a huge edge when it comes to “transparency” over personal tax and health records.
     Fifty-seven percent said Clinton is more transparent, while only 18 percent said the same of Trump.
     Seventy-one percent said the public’s need for information about personal records such as tax returns and health history are more important than a candidate’s right to privacy.
     A majority of higher-income voters (56 percent) said regardless of who they vote for personally, they think Clinton will win the presidency.
     In the meantime, Wednesday morning brought more good news for Clinton. The latest Economist/You Gov poll shows her with a slight edge over Trump in both and two- and four-person race. Meanwhile, the latest USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Presidential Election Daybreak Poll shows Trump’s lead beginning to narrow in its analysis.
     On Monday, the Dornsife/L.A. Time polls had Trump up by 7 points. On Wednesday, his lead was only 4 points.

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