Presumptive Republican nominee for United States president Donald Trump has narrowed the gap against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released on Friday by Reuters. The poll, which was conducted from June 27–July 1 and included 1,080 registered voters, had a measure of accuracy of 3.5 percentage points.
“Among likely voters, 43.9 percent now support Clinton, compared with 34.5 percent for Trump. Another 21.7 percent of likely voters wouldn’t support either candidate.”
While Clinton still has a fairly significant lead in the Reuters/Ispos poll, this is the first time in two weeks that her lead against Trump is in the single digits. After the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June, Trump temporarily saw increased support in various polls. While Trump’s message of blaming radical Islamic terrorism inspired new supporters, it also offended numerous groups of people. After emotions died down and voters were able to rationally analyze Trump’s words, Clinton regained her double-digit lead in the polls.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Clinton led Trump 46.6 percent to 33.3 percent in a Reuters/Ispos poll that was taken from June 20-24. In addition to Trump blaming radical Islamic terrorism, he also doubled down on his stance of building a wall and banning Muslims from entering the United States. While Americans are desperately looking for solutions to prevent terrorism, many of them see Trump’s view of banning groups of people from entering the United States as unrealistic and wrong.
Trump was recently asked if he would have a problem with Muslims from Scotland entering the United States, as reported by the Washington Post.
“The issue came up Saturday as Trump gave reporters a tour of his golf course on Scotland’s eastern coast. During one of four stops along the 18-hole course, a reporter asked Trump if he would be okay with a Muslim from Scotland coming into the United States and he said it ‘wouldn’t bother me.’ Afterward, Hicks said in an email that Trump’s ban would now just apply to Muslims in terror states, but she would not confirm that the ban would not apply to non-Muslims from those countries or to Muslims living in peaceful countries.”
While Trump is still looking to ban Muslims from entering the United States, it appears as though the ban would only apply to those living in countries that have a history of terrorism. Additionally, he has said that the ban would be temporary, and it would be lifted when the United States finds a better way to screen people that are entering from foreign countries. In addition to his opinions regarding Muslims, Trump has also been publicly criticized numerous times by members of the Republican Party. If Trump has any hope of winning the election, he needs the support from the Republican Party.
Trump’s extreme views regarding Muslims and other issues are still controversial, but he started gaining support again in a Reuters/Ispos poll that was taken from June 23–28. Clinton’s lead was only 11.2 points, which was down from the 13.3-point lead from the poll that was taken from June 20–24. With the June 27–July 1 poll showing Clinton only having a 9.4-point lead, Trump may have an opportunity to capture even more voters in the coming weeks.
In addition to targeting the 21.7 percent of voters that will not support either candidate, Trump is still hoping to sway Bernie Sanders supporters into voting for him. While there is still time to change their minds, it is unlikely that any significant percentage votes for him. With Bernie himself already stating that he is going to support Hillary Clinton, Trump’s time would be better spent targeting other groups of people that are undecided.
While Clinton is winning in the most recent polls, she is also dealing with controversies of her own, most notably the e-mail scandal. Trump has stated numerous times that she should face criminal charges, but it is unlikely. Regardless, Clinton could lose support among voters as more details regarding the incident are released in the coming months.
With four months to go until November’s presidential election, there is still a lot of time for voters to change their opinions regarding presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. With Clinton’s lead now only in the single digits in the latest Reuters/Ispos poll, Trump could be finally building positive momentum.
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