Republican nominee for president of the United States Donald Trump is losing support in the race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released on Friday night. The poll, which was conducted from Oct. 7-13 and included 2,889 likely voters from all 50 states, had a margin of sampling error of two percentage points. Likely voters were picked based on registration status, voting history and stated intention to vote in the election.
As usual in this particular Reuters/Ipsos combined poll, it was conducted solely online. While online polls are considered less accurate than telephone polls, the sample size of 2,889 likely voters is large enough to draw accurate conclusions. In contrast to previous polls, the sample of nearly 3,000 likely voters is much larger than the usual sample of around 1,200 likely voters.
“Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton leads rival Donald Trump by seven percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll taken as the Republican nominee fought off accusations of groping women. The Oct. 7-13 poll released on Friday shows that 44 percent of likely voters support Clinton while 37 percent back Trump. That was little changed from Tuesday when the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Trump trailing by eight points.”
While many of Trump’s political wounds over the past year have been self-inflicted based on what he has said, the latest scandal involves words and potential actions from years ago. It all started last week when a tape from 2005 was released that saw Trump making disparaging remarks about women. Trump quickly issued an apology, but many believed it to be insincere.
Donald Trump just said he and Hillary Clinton should take a drug test before the next debate pic.twitter.com/kr4a06GKE7
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 15, 2016
Additionally, Trump went on to attack the Clintons in the second presidential debate last Sunday for Bill Clinton’s treatment of women over the years. He also noted that Hillary has shamed many of Bill’s victims, and that she is being a hypocrite.
Since last week’s tape, other women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault. The allegations include unwanted kisses, touching, groping, and general sexual misconduct. Trump believes the entire thing to be a conspiracy against him to sway the election, but the damage may already be done.
While Clinton has led Trump for much of the past year in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, things had gotten closer over the past few months. Throughout much of the summer, Clinton held a double-digit lead over Trump, with it being as high as 14 points. Trump took the lead after the Republican National Convention, but quickly lost it after Clinton’s strong performance at the Democratic National Convention.
— Fox News Poll (@foxnewspoll) October 13, 2016
Both candidates have had their fair share of controversy, but the media often focuses on Trump’s wrongdoings in a more aggressive manner. As the Wall Street Journal notes, many of Clinton’s mistakes and errors have been overlooked.
“If average voters turned on the TV for five minutes this week, chances are they know that Donald Trump made lewd remarks a decade ago and now stands accused of groping women. But even if average voters had the TV on 24/7, they still probably haven’t heard the news about Hillary Clinton: That the nation now has proof of pretty much everything she has been accused of.”
Regardless of the reporting, Trump has still made mistake after mistake when it comes to addressing sensitive issues. He showed up unprepared for the first debate, and his insistence on “stop-and-frisk” in certain neighborhoods rubbed a lot of undecided voters the wrong way.
Despite possible good intentions, he also continues to have his blunders when speaking about issues relating to minorities and Muslims. Even though Trump’s ultimate goal is to have a safer and more secure America, he has alienated too many voters with his poor choice of wording.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Clinton led Trump by five points in the same Reuters/Ipsos poll that was conducted from Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Now sitting at a seven-point deficit, Trump is going to have to turns things around quickly. With the election only a few weeks away, it may be too late for the Republican nominee.
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