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New York - Clinton Leads Trump By 12 Points Ahead Of Republican Convention

Published on: July 15, 2016 05:46 PM
By: Reuters 
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Senate pages as she departs after meeting with Senate Democrats during their luncheon gathering at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Senate pages as she departs after meeting with Senate Democrats during their luncheon gathering at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

New York - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump trailed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 12 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, making him the clear underdog ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention.

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Forty-five percent of likely voters supported former Secretary of State Clinton, 33 percent supported Trump, the wealthy businessman, and the remainder supported neither, according to the July 11-15 online poll.

The survey showed little change from Tuesday, when Clinton had led Trump by 13 percentage points.

Clinton has been ahead in the poll since early January. Trump only approached her level of support in May, after his last two remaining rivals quit the race and he became the presumptive Republican nominee.

Trump’s favorability has dropped since then, as his campaign began to focus on the Nov. 8 general election.

Trump has faced criticism in recent weeks over his now-defunct Trump University venture, which is accused of making false promises, and over his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The poll results were mostly gathered before Thursday night’s deadly truck attack in Nice, France, and before Trump’s announcement on Friday that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be his vice presidential running mate.

The poll results suggest that Clinton’s use of personal email for government business while secretary of state and her handling of classified information have not damaged her support among likely voters.

But other polls show a closer race.

The CBS News/NY Times telephone poll has the candidates tied at 40 percent each, while a McClatchy/Marist telephone poll has Clinton leading by just 3 percentage points, 42 percent to Trump’s 39 percent.

Trump may get a bump in the polls following next week’s convention in Cleveland, where the party is expected to rally behind him as the nominee. In 2012, support for Republican nominee Mitt Romney rose about 5 percentage points following the convention that year.

The Democratic convention is set for the following week, opening July 25 in Philadelphia.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 1,186 likely voters across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points.

(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Jonathan Oatis)



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 Jul 15, 2016 at 05:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reuters lies again. Don't believe the liberal lying press in the tank for lying Hilary. Quinnipoac has Trump ahead and other polls have them tied.

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 Jul 15, 2016 at 07:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Bs

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 Jul 17, 2016 at 12:09 AM grandchildspoiler Says:

this publication goes by liberal poll only.

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 Jul 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM TrumpForprez Says:

Hey guys all the Conservative polls live in a dream world in 2012 predicting a close race between Romeny &Obama;. Only Nat silver got it right. Lets not play games. We have work to do if we want Trump to win and make America great again.

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