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MTSU Poll: Tenn. voters prefer Trump, but believe Clinton will win

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MURFREESORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll suggests Tennessee voters are falling in line behind the two major party’s presidential candidates regardless who they voted for in the spring primaries.

A new presidential poll released Tuesday by Middle Tennessee State University shows Republican candidate Donald Trump with a commanding 12 point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton among likely Tennessee voters.

The poll also reveals that while just 17 percent of voters surveyed say they voted for Trump in the primary, 71 percent say they’ll vote for him in November. Among voters who cast ballots for Bernie Sanders in March, 61 say they’ll now vote for Clinton.

Among other major findings: Thirty-nine percent of voters strongly agree that Donald Trump is honest, while 49 percent strongly believe he’s qualified to be president.

Forty-seven percent of voters believe strongly that Clinton is qualified to be president, while just 26 strongly agree that she’s trustworthy.

Perhaps most striking: Although Donald Trump is the widely favored presidential candidate among Tennesseans surveyed, a plurality of the state’s voters believe Hillary Clinton will actually win the election.

The MTSU Poll was conducted by phone beginning Sept. 28 with 600 registered voters and has an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.