Early voting in Ohio opened Wednesday morning, and at the same time, a poll taken after the release of Trump’s 2005 comments and after the second presidential debate showed Hillary Clinton wiping the floor with Donald Trump.
Clinton led by 9 points in a four-way race, taking 43 percent to Trump’s 34 percent, in a Baldwin Wallace Community Research Institute poll released Wednesday. The poll found voters extremely unhappy with both candidates, and voting for one major-party candidate only to stop the other one.
“A large percentage of Ohio’s electorate is most passionate about who should not be president,” Tom Sutton, director of the institute behind the poll, told Cleveland.com. Of the people voting for Trump, 63 percent described their vote as a vote against Clinton, and of those voting Clinton, 47 percent said they want to stop Trump.
Clinton opened up a strong lead due to the impact of “more of the undecideds — and some third party supporters — who are now coming off the fence are moving to Clinton.” Forty-six percent of those claiming to be independents backed Clinton, compared to 35 percent for Trump.
Following the outrage over Trump’s vulgar talk about women, it wasn’t only the ladies backing Clinton. The Democrat even led among men, taking 41 percent to Trump’s 39 percent. Forty-four percent of women backed the Democrat, while only 34 percent favored the Republican.
The poll took place between 11 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, and included 1,152 likely voters across the state. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.
Early voting opened on Wednesday morning in Ohio, and all the negativity does not come across on social media.
Early voters seemed more excited than angry on Twitter, but there was a clear slant in favor of Clinton.
— Cassidy Chassagne (@casschass) October 12, 2016
— Umeirra (@umeirra) October 12, 2016
— Nicholas Kitchel (@nicholaskitchel) October 12, 2016
Nevertheless, many did cite opposition to other candidates in their voting.
— Sara Goldstein (@Sara_Goldstein) October 12, 2016
— 🌸 Pink Lady 4 Trump🌸 (@pink_lady56) October 12, 2016
According to PJ Media’s own J. Christian Adams, early voting makes fraud easier. “Years ago, we all voted on Election Day. That made it harder for the machine to motivate the unmotivated on one single day,” Adams argued. “Now? The election is spread out over weeks of early voting.” In 2008, California and New York residents registered and voted in Ohio.
How many of these people at the polls have done the same thing? Maybe we’ll learn in December.