Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, holds a 1-point lead over Democrat Hillary R. Clinton in Georgia, according to a Breitbart/Gravis poll conducted Aug. 4 through Aug. 8 of 1,604 registered voters in that state.
“Trump is in a precarious position,” said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, the Florida-based firm that executed the poll for Breitbart News. The New York City developer leads the former first lady 45 percent to 44 percent in the poll, he said. The poll was conducted using automated phone calls with online responses and carries a 2.5 percent margin of error.
“Trump has shown strong support in states that have been considered locks for the Democrats and has had trouble in states that have been considered locked down as Republican, such as Georgia,” he said.
“Clinton has a real chance to flip states like Georgia, forcing Trump to play defense, while she then works to reengage with states that went for Obama twice,” he said.
President Barack Obama lost Georgia in 2012 to former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney by 304,861 votes with Romney taking 53 percent to Obama’s 46 percent.
Kaplan said when respondents were asked to consider Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein, Trump expands his lead to 43 percent with Clinton dropping to 39 percent and Stein the choice of two percent, Johnson eight percent.
The respondents were also asked about their opinion of Obama with 45 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving of the president.
Broken down by party, Trump was the choice of 76 percent of Georgia Republicans and eight percent of Democrats.
Clinton was the choice of 91 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans.
Deeper inside the poll, Clinton leads Trump with significant minority communities: African-Americans, 82 percent to 13 percent; among Asian-Americans 53 percent to 42 percent, and among Hispanics 66 percent to 31 percent. Among white voters Trump leads Clinton 62 percent to 24 percent.
Trump leads Clinton 50 percent to 36 percent with men and Clinton hold a 10-point lead over Trump with women, 51 percent to 41 percent.