Hillary Clinton has expanded her already large lead over Donald Trump in California, plowing ahead by 30 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, according to a new Field Poll.
The poll, unsurprising in this heavily Democratic state, comes as Trump continues to assert that he can compete with Clinton in the general election in California. No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Clinton’s 58 percent to 28 percent lead over Trump slips to 24 percentage points when Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, the choice of 10 percent of likely voters, is included in the poll.
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For Trump, the state presents a gigantic challenge. Not only is the New York businessman losing to Clinton among Democrats, but also among independent voters and people of all ages, ethnicity and education levels.
Trump is also drawing an unusually low level of support from voters outside the Republican Party, polling in single digits among Democrats and at 20 percent or below among independent voters.
“I think Trump supporters in California appear to be pretty hard-core supporters,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll. “But they’re down to a relatively small number, and that’s really his problem.”
I think Trump supporters in California appear to be pretty hard-core supporters. But they’re down to a relatively small number, and that’s really his problem.
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll
Trump’s image rating also remains unfavorable. While 53 percent of California voters view Clinton favorably, according to the poll, just 24 percent hold a favorable opinion of Trump.
The poll is Field’s first measure since Clinton became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee last month. More than two-thirds of California Democrats – 72 percent – are at least satisfied with her becoming the nominee. Most have had enough of rival Bernie Sanders’ campaign, according to the poll.
One month after the Vermont senator left California in defeat – having crisscrossed the state for weeks in a losing effort – 53 percent of registered Democrats here want Sanders to step aside and throw his support to Clinton.
Less than three weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Sanders has yet to endorse Clinton, and many young voters who gave life to his candidacy continue to press him on.
Fifty-nine percent of California Democrats younger than 40 want Sanders to continue campaigning to the convention, according to the poll. Large majorities of older Democratic voters want him to get out.
“I think they see that Clinton is going to be the nominee now, and they want to get on with it,” DiCamillo said.