Trump Defies Historical Trends For GOP Nominee: Trails Among High Earners

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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September 21, 2016 10:11 a.m.

Donald Trump continues to defy the conventions of Republican presidential nominees, this time by polling behind Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton among high-income Americans in a new poll.

Among likely voters with household incomes of $100,000 or more, Trump falls four points behind Clinton in a two-way election contest, 46-42, according to the Bloomberg Politics Purple Slice poll released today.

Republican candidates have historically had success with voters with household incomes of $100,000, winning or tying among those voters since 1996, according to data from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University.

The trend of high-income voters choosing the Republican nominee also extends from 1976-1992, according to the Roper Center.

With third-party candidates included, Clinton maintains her four-point lead, 41-37, with Libertarian Gary Johnson polling at 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2 percent.

However, high-income Americans consider Trump to be preferred candidate for their personal investments, choosing the businessman over Clinton by nine points, 45-36.

The Bloomberg Politics poll was conducted online by Purple Strategies on Sept. 16-19 among 600 likely general election, all with household incomes of $100,000 or more. The margin of error for the results is plus or minus four percent.

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