New Poll: Trump’s Support Plunges, Giving Clinton a Double-Digit Lead
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by 12 percentage points, with Trump at 39 percent and Clinton at 51 percent.
This latest poll suggests a rough contest for Trump as it revealed that only 34% of people, regardless of whether or not they would vote for him, find him to be qualified to be President of the United States compared to Clinton’s 61% qualified rating. Another component of the poll revealed that 70% of Americans are anxious about a Trump White House, but only 50% of Americans are nervous about a Clinton White house.
Clinton also came out on top when respondents were asked about who had the better temperament for the presidency. 61 percent feel that Clinton’s personality and temperament is better fit for the presidency while 28 percent of Americans feel that Trump has a more presidential personality. Two-thirds of respondents say that Trump’s statements about women, minorities and Muslims are unfairly biased. These statements may help explain why only 36 percent feel that Trump stands up for their beliefs.
Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would not comment, even when pressed, about Trump’s readiness for the presidency. In a statement released on Sunday, McConnell stated, “I think there’s no question that he’s made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks, I think they’re beginning to right the ship. It’s a long time until November. And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) refused to comment on whether or not he would trust Trump with nuclear codes, but he did say, “He’s going to have the next three months to go out and make the argument to the American people and help us envision him as president.”
Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez (D), commented on Trump more candidly, stating, “He’s a chaos candidate. The differences between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump in terms of temperament, in terms of judgment, in terms of values couldn’t be more stark.”
Both of the candidates ran into some trouble when the public was polled about how Trump and Clinton have chosen to handle controversy. Only 19% of those polled feel that Trump has handled questions about the Trump University lawsuits. Clinton’s numbers, though, are not much better here with only 34% of people approving of the way she has handled questions about her e-mail scandal.
This new poll was released a few weeks after Trump’s comments about a judge being biased due to his heritage in a Trump University lawsuit. Clinton’s poll numbers have continued to rise since then — creating a larger gap between her and Trump.
According to analyst Tim Carney, in early May the polling numbers were much closer, right after Trump gained the Republican nomination. At this point, Clinton was still trying to grab the last few delegates that she needed. Once Clinton claimed the Democratic nomination, though, she steadily pulled ahead of Trump — especially in the recent weeks.
In a report put out by Politico, Trump’s favorability numbers were compared to past nominees, and he has set a record for an all time low favorability rating in the era of modern day presidential candidates. In the past, favorability ratings typically ranged between 55-60 percent, compared to Trump’s 31 percent favorability rating.
While Clinton’s favorability rating isn’t stellar at 43 percent, it is significantly better than Trump’s rating.
When asked about this year’s favorability ratings and how they will affect the election, Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown said, “Will the United States elect a president whom more than half the people view unfavorably? Today, the answer to that question looks like it might be yes.”
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