2016 United States presidential straw poll in Guam

The 2016 United States presidential straw poll in Guam was held on November 8, 2016. Guam is a territory and not a state. Thus, it is ineligible to elect members of the Electoral College, who would then in turn cast direct electoral votes for president and for vice president. To draw attention to this fact, the territory conducts a non-binding presidential straw poll during the general election as if they did elect members to the Electoral College.[1]

2016 United States presidential straw poll in Guam

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Non-binding preference poll
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Nominee Hillary Clinton Donald Trump
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate Tim Kaine Mike Pence
Popular vote 23,052 7,779
Percentage 71.6% 24.2%

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Results by village



The territory still participated in the U.S. presidential caucuses and primaries like the other states and territories.[2]

Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton won the poll with over 70% of the vote.


Though the votes of Guam citizens do not count in the November general election, the territory nonetheless conducts a presidential straw poll to gauge islanders' preference for president every election year. The poll has been held in Guam during every presidential election since 1980.[3] In every election between 1984 and 2012, the outcome of the poll had aligned with the results of the mainland.[3]

Beyond the nominees of the Democratic Party and Republican Party, Socialist Party USA nominee Mimi Soltysik appeared on the 2016 ballot.[4]

The 2016 straw poll favored nominee Clinton over Trump by approximately three to one.[5][6] It was the first time since 1980 that the poll failed to predict the outcome of the election (though it did accurately forecast the winner of the popular vote).

2016 United States presidential straw poll in Guam[7]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage
Democratic Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine 23,052 71.62%
Republican Donald Trump Mike Pence 7,779 24.17%
Socialist Mimi Soltysik Angela Nicole Walker 1,357 4.22%
Totals 32,188 100.00%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Guam Legislature Moves General Election Presidential Vote to the September Primary". Ballot-Access.org. July 10, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Murriel, Maria (November 1, 2016). "Millions of Americans can't vote for president because of where they live". PRI.
  3. ^ a b "Guam's Straw Poll Picks Obama, Overwhelmingly." National Public Radio. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ Winger, Richard (September 25, 2016). "Socialist Party is Only Party, Besides Republicans and Democrats, to File for Guam Advisory Presidential Vote". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Guam General Election: Unofficial", Post Guam, November 9, 2016
  6. ^ Dana Williams (November 9, 2016), "Guam, which has historically predicted election winner, picks Clinton", Pacific Daily News, Guam – via USA Today
  7. ^ "GUAM OFFICIAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 8, 2016". Guam Election Commission. November 28, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2017.

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