2016

Issues Polls 2016

Suffolk University and USA TODAY polled the nation in the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016. Now, following a controversial post-inaugural, USA TODAY has reached out to self-identified Trump voters from our December poll to create a 25-member panel to track opinions of Trump supporters during the early days of his administration. Complete results from the December poll are below. Stay tuned for periodic updates from the panel.

February 2017 - Trump Voters Like the President's Actions But Not His Tweets

December 21, 2016 Poll Documents

December 21, 2016 Press Release

Voters Expect Trump to Upend Obama Accomplishments; President-Elect’s Business Conflicts and Russian Hacking Seen as Issues

Paleologos on the Poll

Evaluating Obama's Legacy, Trump's Transition

Statement of Methodology

This survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between December 14 and December 18, 2016, and is based on live telephone interviews of adults 18 years of age or older, residing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, who identify as registered voters. Quota and demographic information -- including region, race, and age -- were determined from 2010 Census data. Samples of both standard landlines and cell phones were called using a probability-proportionate-to-size method, which means that the phone numbers assigned to each state were proportional to the number of adult residents in each state. States were grouped into four general regions. Respondents in the households were selected by initially asking for the youngest adult. Surveys were administered in English and Spanish. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/-3 percentage points. Error margins increase for smaller subgroups in the cross-tabulation document above. All surveys may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

Key Names/Issues

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Kellyanne Conway, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Deval Patrick, Affordable Care Act, Great Recession, economic recovery, terrorism, Iraq/Afghanistan, climate change, race relations, Electoral College, Trump transition efforts, conflict of interest, ISIS, Washington DC, immigration, Russian hacking,

Poll Documents

Marginals [PDF] 

Tables [PDF] 

Press Release

Poll Shows Clinton Leading Trump by 9 Points Nationwide

Paleologos on the Poll: Clinton's 'Electoral Sledgehammer' and More Potential Superlatives

Statement of Methodology

This survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between October 20 and October 24, 2016, and is based on live telephone interviews of adults 18 years of age or older, residing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, who intend to vote in the general election in November 2016. Quota and demographic information -- including region, race, and age -- were determined from 2010 Census data. Samples of both standard landlines and cell phones were called using a probability-proportionate-to-size method, which means that the phone numbers assigned to each state were proportional to the number of adult residents in each state. States were grouped into four general regions. Respondents in the households were selected by initially asking for the youngest adult. Surveys were administered in English and Spanish. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/-3 percentage points. Error margins increase for smaller subgroups in the cross-tabulation document above. All surveys may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

Key Names/Issues

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Donald Trump, Jill Stein, presidential debates, inappropriate behavior by Trump towards women, WikiLeaks, Clinton Foundation, corruption, election results, Russian hackers, Election Day violence, peaceful transfer of power, economy, news media

Poll Documents

Marginals [PDF]

Tables [PDF]

Press Release

National Poll Shows Clinton Leading Trump by 7 Points

Paleologos on the Poll: Voters Want Third-Party Candidates on Debate Stage

Statement of Methodology

 This survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between August 24 and August 29, 2016, and is based on live telephone interviews of adults 18 years of age or older, residing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, who intend to vote in the general election in November 2016. Quota and demographic information -- including region, race, and age -- were determined from 2010 Census data. Samples of both standard landlines and cell phones were called using a probability-proportionate-to-size method, which means that the phone numbers assigned to each state were proportional to the number of adult residents in each state. States were grouped into four general regions. Respondents in the households were selected by initially asking for the youngest adult. Surveys were administered in English and Spanish. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/-3 percentage points. Error margins increase for smaller subgroups in the cross-tabulation document above. All surveys may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

Key Names/Issues

 Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Donald Trump, Jill Stein, TV ads, Clinton Foundation, Trump tax returns, economy, national security, Supreme Court appointments, social issues, job creation, Zika virus, 9/11 anniversary, terrorism, public safety