Quinnipiac University – a pollster that has more or less favored Trump throughout this election cycle – shows Hillary Clinton with strong leads in some of the most critical battleground states on the electoral map.
The poll released Wednesday shows the Democratic nominee pummelling Trump in head-to-head matchups in Colorado and Virginia by 10 and 12 points, respectively.
In Colorado, the poll shows Trump in third place among voters in the 18-34 age group. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson beats him by double digits in that category.
Putting those two states out of play – which is what Clinton is doing – makes the chance of Trump winning slimmer than ever.
As Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said, “The scary thing for Republicans in the Virginia and Colorado numbers is that they show a possible Hillary Clinton landslide in states that only eight years ago leaned GOP and before that had been GOP strongholds.”
Iowa, the third state polled by Quinnipiac, shows Clinton leading Trump there by three points. This is one of the states where Trump has performed better against Clinton – likely due to the state’s high population of whites without college degrees, a demographic Trump polls well with – and he’s still losing.
In fact, in the results that include four candidates, Trump doesn’t reach the 40 percent mark in any of the three states polled.
What’s telling about these results isn’t so much that Clinton is beating Trump where she needs to beat him – most polls, especially lately, show her with sizeable leads.
The surprise is that Quinnipiac – a pollster that has often inflated Trump’s numbers – now shows Clinton running away with races in key states.
If the alarm bell wasn’t already sounding in Trumpland, these results from their favorite pollster should do the trick.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.