Echelon Insights conducted a scientific survey of 400 Washington elites: all those sampled live in the D.C. area, are registered voters, read or watch the news daily, and are employed with incomes of at least $30,000.
Clinton won the support of nearly one in five Republican insiders in the poll. And the same proportion of Republicans said they would support a minor candidate, not vote, or were still undecided. This is about triple the support Clinton gets from Republicans in the rest of the country — a recent Reuters poll showed her pulling in only 6 percent of Republicans nationwide.
Most of the insiders polled (53 percent) said free trade was “generally good” for the U.S. or “an unmitigated good.” Nineteen percent agreed with the statement that free trade has “been more harmful than beneficial.” The remainder were either unsure or see free trade as a wash.
About half of the respondents (49 percent) said the 2016 elections didn’t change their view of their connection with the rest of America, while 28 percent said the election made them feel more out of touch. Only 19 percent said it made them feel more in touch with the rest of the country.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
At The Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney reports on a poll of Washington elites showing Clinton ahead of Trump 62-22 percent.