Ever since the candidates threw their hats into the ring, the 2016 presidential polls have swung in two main directions - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. As time goes on, some expect it to be a little harder for Clinton to stay on top without any competition, but polls in the battleground states already have numerous Republicans ahead of her. One of them isn't "The Don."
The latest Quinnipiac University swing state polling was released on Wednesday per CNN, and it has Hilary Clinton trailing the three top Republican candidates in Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado. In those states, Clinton was behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Oddly enough, the early frontrunner for the Republican candidacy spot, Donald Trump, is not to be found at the top of those polls. In those states, Trump is seen unfavorably by an almost 2-1 margin by the voters in those three states.
Once again, voters are saying that Hillary Clinton's questionable truthfulness is not leading voters to believe her, and it has diminished the voters trust in her. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, spoke on Clinton's poor showing in the poll.
"She has lost ground in the horse race and on key questions about her honesty and leadership. On being a strong leader, a key metric in presidential campaigns, she has dropped four to 10 points depending on the state and she is barely above 50% in each of the three states."More than 1,200 voters participated in the polls which were conducted in those three battleground states July 9-20. There was a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points in each state.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said that voters in Colorado simply don't have faith in Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary Clinton's numbers on honesty and trust may border on abysmal but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the GOP front runner, is still battling a name recognition handicap. Do Colorado voters trust Hillary? No, they do not. Do they think she cares about their needs? No, they do not. So the door is open to a GOP candidate voters can believe in."Now, while this may be the case in three states, Donald Trump is surging out to a big lead nationally as The Washington Post reported. Even though he recently made some derogatory comments about Sen. John McCain's service in the Vietnam War, it hasn't hurt him in the polls.
The night the comments were made, Trump's support dropped drastically, but it didn't last long. By the next day, most were still in support of Trump in the presidential race, and others actually came out of nowhere to back him.
Those three battleground states could come around to hurt Donald Trump in the long run, but his national approval rating is still 24 percent; the highest for any of the Republican candidates. The next closest is Scott Walker, who has 13 percent and Jeb Bush, who has 12 percent.
Seeing the drop for Donald Trump isn't overly surprising for the three battleground states polled, but he is still seen as a top Republican candidate. The immense downfall of Hillary Clinton in those states could be worrisome for the Democratic party as their leading candidate looked surprisingly weak in the latest 2016 presidential polls.
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