With the November presidential election approaching, Silicon Valley voters are in favor of electing Hillary Clinton by a landslide, according to a new poll.
Late last month, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) conducted a poll of 1,200 likely voters and tossed in a question about who they were likely to support for president. The poll concluded July 28, the same day the Democratic National Convention ended.
Clinton, the Democratic nominee, secured 58 percent of the votes, while Republican nominee Donald Trump secured 21 percent. Fifteen percent voted neither or other, and 6 percent voted no opinion. Eighty-one percent of Democrats said they supported Clinton, a paltry 5 percent for Trump, 9 percent for neither or other and 4 percent for no opinion.
Trump failed to secure 46 percent of his own party members in the Silicon Valley poll, with 18 percent selecting Clinton, 22 percent selecting neither or other and 6 percent selecting no opinion.
Silicon Valley’s independents are also on Clinton’s side, according to the poll, which had a reported a margin of error of 2.8 percent. Fifty-two percent said they were going with Clinton to 21 percent for Trump; 17 percent polled for neither or other and 10 percent had no opinion.
Opposition to Trump and his extremist policies have been well documented in Silicon Valley. On June 2, a Trump rally at the San Jose Convention Center turned violent as protesters clashed with Trump supporters.
David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett Packard, created the SVLG, which counts many of the region’s top employers and tech companies amongst its members. The organization, led by CEO Carl Guardino, works with government officials on policy issues such as immigration reform, transportation, economic initiatives and public health.
SVLG’s 2015 policy priorities focused on clean energy, which aligns with some of Clinton’s top platforms. Clinton has promised on her website to defend, implement and extend smart pollution and efficiency standards. Meanwhile, Trump has vowed to revitalize mines and drilling on federal lands.
The day after the poll concluded, SVLG applauded Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation, which focuses on “diversifying the STEM pipeline, increasing fundamental research funding, improving national digital infrastructure and strengthening cyber security.”
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the poll targeted Silicon Valley leadership Group members, instead of likely voters. San Jose Inside regrets the error.