New poll shows Clinton’s double-digit lead over Trump before final debate
USA - U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton currently takes a 12-point national lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump among likely voters, according to a new poll released Monday, two days before the final presidential TV debate. The former state of secretary has 50 percent support while Trump holds 38 percent, the Monmouth University survey shows. Clinton led by only 4 points in the same poll last month, edging Trump 46 percent to 42 percent. Clinton’s lead among likely voters is larger because Monmouth determined that only 5 percent of her supporters are unlikely to vote, compared to 10 percent of Trump’s supporters, said a TheHill news daily report. In the same poll issued last month, 10 percent of Clinton’s registered supporters deemed unlikely to vote, against 7 percent for Trump. “Clinton has increased her lead among all registered voters, but the main difference between this month and last month is that her supporters have become more enthusiastic, and thus more likely to turn out while Trump backers have become less likely to vote,” said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. However, both candidates remain deep underwater on favorability, Trump continues to sink in popularity, while Clinton appears to have leveled off. Only 38 percent of voters view Clinton favorably, compared to 52 percent who have a negative view of her. That’s a slight improvement over last month, when Clinton posted a 36-54 split. Trump is down to 26 percent positive and 61 percent negative, a drop from his 32-57 rating last month. Sixty percent of voters say Clinton has the right temperament to be president, compared to only 31 percent who say the same about Trump.
Clinton also leads on the question of which candidate is considered the “lesser of two evils,” with 47 percent saying they’ll vote to make sure Trump does not get elected, and only 40 percent saying the same about Clinton. The poll found Trump has been badly damaged by the audio release of his obscene remarks from 2005 and the mounting allegations from women who say he sexually harassed them, with 62 percent of voters said they believe the allegations against Trump are credible. In comparison, only 25 percent of respondents said Clinton’s remarks made to Wall Street banks in paid speeches make them less likely to support her. Almost half, 45 percent, said the remarks had no impact on how they view her, and 28 percent said they were unaware of the WikiLeaks dump. The Monmouth University survey of 805 registered voters nationwide was conducted between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
A girl poses for photos with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump posters at Hofstra University in New York. (Photo: Xinhua)