Republican nominee for United States president Donald Trump continues to gain support among likely voters against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released earlier today by Reuters. The poll, which was conducted from July 18-22 and included 1,036 likely voters, had a margin of error of four percentage points. It was taken over the course of the Republican National Convention, so it appears as though likely voters liked what they saw from Trump and his speakers.
“The July 18-22 national online poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 38 percent supported Trump. Given the poll’s credibility interval of about 4 percentage points, Trump and Clinton should be considered to be about even in the race. Just before Republicans opened the convention on Monday, Trump had trailed Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points in the poll.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Trump has trailed Clinton in all of the polls taken by Reuters/Ipsos over the course of the past few months. At many times, Trump was even down by double digits. While Trump recovered at certain points and reduced the deficit into the single digits, Clinton always quick regained her commanding lead.
75% of viewers had a positive reaction to Trump's speech according to just released CNN poll. pic.twitter.com/lUuMWcmlhS— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 22, 2016
Regardless, it appears as though Trump is finally gaining the support that he needs to make this a real race. In addition to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump and Clinton are close to even, or Trump is ahead, in other polls taken by different news outlets. While the results are going to change over the course of the next few months, the idea that Trump had no chance to defeat Clinton in a head-to-head election appears to be false.
Trump, who has created numerous controversies on his own, continues to be a feared candidate among certain news outlets and voters. People feel as though Trump does not have enough political experience, and they also think that the United States would not be as safe with him in charge. Additionally, they feel as though he is racist and a bigot for his remarks regarding illegal immigration and refugees. He has also criticized the Black Lives Matter group in the past, which has led to many potential voters to question his feelings regarding African-Americans.
Regardless of Trump’s issues, many potentials voters are just as fearful, if not more fearful, at the idea of Clinton becoming the next president of the United States. While Clinton has more political experience than Trump, many feel as though she is a liar that cannot be trusted. This is a common feeling towards politicians, but the examples for Clinton seem to continue to build up. The FBI recently cleared her of any criminal wrongdoings in the recent email scandal, but they did note that she acted irresponsibly and carelessly. For someone that is a top candidate to become the next president, this is causing a lot of fear and doubt regarding her and her competency.
Since the poll took place during the Republican National Convention, it makes sense that Trump gained support. He was able to reach more undecided voters, and speakers from his family absolutely helped his cause. As expected, many left-wing news outlets tore Trump’s own speech to shreds, but it actually received a 75 percent positive rating, according to a CNN poll, as reported by Breitbart.
While Clinton is going to have a chance to regain her strong lead in next week’s Democratic National Convention, the fallout from the leak by Wikileaks still remains to be seen. As reported by the Observer, 20,000 emails were recovered that shows Clinton’s nomination may have been rigged.
“In its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.”
Regardless of how much Clinton’s nomination was rigged, and if it even was at all, this is just another example of her constantly being surrounded by controversy. With the Democratic National Convention beginning on Monday, it is going to be interesting to see how this affects upcoming polls between her and Trump.
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