Manchin increases lead in new Gray TV West Virginia poll

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is now 16 percentage points ahead of his Republican challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. That's according to a new Gray Television poll released Monday.

In the survey of 650 likely voters in West Virginia, Manchin has 52 percent support, while Morrisey has 36 percent support. In our last Gray TV poll in September, Manchin led Morrsiey by just eight percentage points.

It is important to note that 13 percent of those who support Manchin categorize their support as "somewhat strong" and that they might change their vote. And, ten percent say their support for him is "not too strong" and would probably change their vote. As for those who support Morrisey, 16 percent answered their support was "somewhat strong" and might still change their vote, and four percent said their support was "not too strong" and would probably change their vote.

When asked about national issues, the economy and jobs and health care are now tied as the most important issues for West Virginia voters. In our last poll in September, health care led the economy and jobs by four percentage points.

Fifty-eight percent of West Virginia voters approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing, while 40 percent disapprove. In our September poll, 62 percent approved and 34 percent disapproved.

You can read the entire poll here.

About the poll

The poll was conducted by Strategic Research Associates, LLC, based in Austin, Texas. A total of 650 likely voters were surveyed between October 12-19, 2018. Determination of the likely voter sample was based on past vote history. Respondents were contacted by live interviewers, with 50% of calls completed on a landline telephone and 50% completed over
a cellular telephone. The final results were weighted based on analysis of the state voter file. The margin of error for the complete sample is +/- 3.84 percentage points, with higher margins of error for any sub-group.