Clinton’s lead widens
DEMOCRAT Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over White House rival Donald Trump to eight points after both parties’ nominating conventions, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out yesterday.
Ms Clinton led Mr Trump 50 to 42 percent among registered voters, according to the telephone survey carried out August 1-4.
She got a strong bounce in the support from her nomination – which unlike the fractious Republican convention, showed a united party – but has also benefitted from major gaffes by Mr Trump.
Ahead of the nominating conventions Ms Clinton had a four-point lead over Mr Trump, according to a PostABC News survey.
Among likely voters, Ms Clinton’s lead is 51pc to 44pc, and in a race that includes Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein from the Green Party, Ms Clinton leads Mr Trump 45-37pc, with Mr Johnson at 8pc and Ms Stein at 4pc.
Ms Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, received the nomination to run for the November 8 presidential election during the July 25-28 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr Trump and his vice presidential candidate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, were nominated in the July 1821 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr Trump has been struggling after a string of gaffes.
These include urging Russia to find and release emails that disappeared from Ms Clinton’s private server that she used as secretary of state, though he later said that he was being sarcastic.
Satisfaction with both candidates remains low: Nearly six in 10 registered voters said that they are unhappy with both Ms Clinton and Mr Trump as major party candidates.
Barring campaign or news developments, the next opportunity for the candidates to shift their poll numbers comes in the three presidential debates, scheduled for late September and October.
Seeking to arrest his sinking poll numbers, Mr Trump reversed course on August 5 and endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan for re-election, pleaded for Republican unity and pledged to work with the very party leaders he had earlier dismissed as Washington’s ineffective establishment figures. –