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Why Trump? Why Hillary? — Sept. 2016 Poll

September 19, 2016


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The latest Civitas poll includes the reasons why North Carolina voters prefer Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

The full questions with summaries of the top three open-ended responses are below.

Full verbatim responses can be found here.

In your own words, please tell me why you would vote for Donald Trump? (OPEN ENDED)

42%     Against Hillary/ Better than Hillary/ Clinton is dishonest/ Lesser of two evils
23%     Will make changes/ Won’t keep things the same
14%     Favorable/ Like him/ Best candidate (General)

In your own words, please tell me why you would vote for Hillary Clinton? (OPEN ENDED)

43%     Against Trump/ Better than Trump/ Lesser of two evils
31%     Qualified/ Has more experience/ Knows what she’s doing
21%     Favorable/ Like her/ Best candidate (General)

For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.

Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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