It’s the final hours for the election of the next president of the United States–the final countdown, the 12th hour, the final stretch–and the daily pollsters are madly compiling numbers.
One, the USC Dornsife-Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” survey, looks at 3,000 eligible voters on a daily basis – and Tuesday’s numbers, at least mid-morning, put one candidate with a couple percentage points’ lead over another.
This poll has consistently shown Trump with a lead for the majority of this race, unlike most of its peers. Its methodology has taken into account a groundswell of grassroots support from a populist wave. These numbers will live in infamy, either proving genius or insane, following the Brexit surprise or tamped down by the Democrat machine.
In a simple question – “Who would you vote for?” – Donald Trump, in this poll, edges out Hillary Clinton, with a 46.8 percent-to-43.6 percent lead.
Granted, the numbers are ever-changing. A few seconds later, that same poll put Trump at 46.7 percent and Clinton at 42.3 percent.
But the message stayed the same: Trump leads. Clinton follows.
The voters between the ages of 35 and 64 have “shown the least volatility, splitting about evenly between Clinton and Trump,” the survey showed. Trump also leads with those who don’t have college degrees.
Clinton, meanwhile, gets the poverty vote, which also ties in to her support with minorities, the poll concluded.
“Clinton holds a distinct edge among lower-income voters, reflecting her strong support among blacks and Latinos,” the survey said. “Trump has a lead among middle-income voters” and “disaffected white middle-class voters.”
And by gender?
“Trump saw a significant bounce in his support from women after the Republican convention,” the survey showed, “but Clinton rebounded quickly after her convention. Trump’s support among men has remained fairly steady.”
When it comes to asking voters which candidate they think will win, the numbers are far clearer.
Fully 53 percent said Clinton; only about 43 percent said Trump – and that was across all age, education, ethnic, income and gender brackets.
Any way you cut it, this race is close. There is no reason to take anything from these polls except to get out and vote like your country depends on it. Because it really does. Will the Silent Majority finally make its voice heard? Will it surprise the pundits and the voters? That is up to you.