64% of Republicans want Trump to release tax returns, poll shows

Nine in 10 voters say they have made up their minds and Clinton beats Trump by 10 points nationally

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 25, 2016 7:28PM (EDT)

Donald Trump; The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.  (Reuters/L.E. Baskow/Aaron Josefczyk/Photo montage by Salon)
Donald Trump; The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016. (Reuters/L.E. Baskow/Aaron Josefczyk/Photo montage by Salon)

A new poll conducted completely after Donald Trump's third campaign shakeup shows him losing to rival Hillary Clinton by double digits, with an overwhelming majority of voters calling on the Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns.

Quinnipiac's new national poll shows Clinton ahead of Trump, 51 to 41, an eight-point jump since June.

When third party candidates are included in the poll, 10 percent of likely voters back Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, according to the Quinnipiac poll, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein has the support of 4 percent of voters. In that matchup, 34 percent of independents supported Trump, 33 percent for Clinton and 19 percent for Johnson, with 9 percent for Stein.

Johnson is hoping to become the first third-party candidate since Ross Perot in 1992 to qualify for the presidential debates. In order to join Clinton and Trump on stage this fall, Johnson will need to average 15% in five national polls chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Furthermore, 74 percent of all voters tell Quinnipiac that Trump should release his tax returns publicly, including 62 percent of Republicans. A breakdown of the candidates' supporters from Politico below:

The Democratic nominee drew wide levels of support from women (60 percent to 36 percent), those between the ages of 18-34 (64 percent to 29 percent), and 35-49 (53 percent to 39 percent). Trump, meanwhile, holds a smaller advantage among men (48 percent to 42 percent) and a large lead over Clinton among whites who do not have a college degree (58 percent to 35 percent).

Independent voters prefer Clinton slightly, 46 percent to 41 percent, while likely voters between the ages of 50-64 are split, with 46 percent behind Clinton and 47 percent backing Trump. Voters 65 and older supported Trump 49 percent to 45 percent.

While Trump holds an 11-point edge among all white voters (52 percent to 41 percent), there remains a significant difference between white men and white women.

But even as 59 percent of white men backed Trump to 32 percent for Clinton, the survey shows that Trump still has some ground to make up with white women, a group that Mitt Romney won by 14 points, according to exit polls. Clinton leads Trump 49 percent to 46 percent among white women likely to vote, holding a more comfortable 62-point lead (77 percent to 15 percent) among non-white voters.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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