42ºF

Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 16 points among likely Virginia voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A new Roanoke College political poll shows a widening gap between the presidential candidates.

The poll of 803 likely voters in Virginia between August 7 and August 17 lists Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 16-point lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely Virginia voters.

This is a much different outcome from May's poll, which listed the candidates as tied.

The poll also shows favorable ratings have changes as well.

Clinton's favorable rating is up 4 percent from May to 39 percent.

Trumps favorable rating remains the same from May, but his unfavorable rating is up to 63 percent from 56 percent in May.

"In this poll we saw a big swing among those voters towards Clinton," said Dr. Harry L. Wilson, who is the director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College. "Trump's numbers stay pretty much the same, so he didn't really lose support, but she picked up people in this three-month interim and he didn't seem to be able to do that. So at this point and time, I would say her campaign is showing growth and he's really showing much more stagnation."