Republican nominee for president of the United States Donald Trump is narrowing the gap against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released early on Saturday. The poll, which was conducted from August 22-25 and included 1,154 likely voters from all 50 states, had a measure of accuracy of three percentage points. It was conducted online, and it shows a drastic difference from a poll released earlier this week.
“The Aug. 22-25 opinion poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, while 36 percent supported Trump. Some 23 percent would not pick either candidate and answered ‘refused,’ ‘other’ or ‘wouldn’t vote.’ Clinton, a former secretary of state, has led real estate developer Trump in the poll since Democrats and Republicans ended their national conventions and formally nominated their presidential candidates in July. Her level of support has varied between 41 and 45 percent during that period, and her lead over Trump in the tracking poll peaked this month at 12 percentage points on Tuesday.”
While the results have been much closer in other polls, Clinton has consistently led Trump in the Reuters/Ipsos poll over the course of the past few months. Trump actually overtook Clinton after the Republican National Convention, but it turned out to be short lived. After the Democratic National Convention, Clinton regained her lead and has not lost it. Clinton’s current lead over Trump of five points falls outside of the credibility interval of three points, so she should be considered ahead.
In the same Reuters/Ipsos poll that was conducted from August 18-22, Clinton led Trump by 12 points, which was one of her larger leads over the course of the past few months in that particular poll. With Clinton’s lead currently at five points, Trump gained seven points on her in less than a week.
With less than three months to go until the election, Trump is running out of time to appeal to more voters. In recent weeks, he has made more of an effort to gain support from minority voters, but his efforts have been futile to this point. Regardless, he has somewhat softened his stance on illegal immigration, and it appears as though he will mainly be targeting “criminal illegal immigrants,” as Breitbart reports.
Trump’s stance on illegal immigration has changed over the course of the past year. Originally, he called for a wall to be built and for all illegal immigrants to be deported. He also called for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States. While Trump still claims that he is going to take action to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States, it appears as though he could work with families that are already in the country to become legal citizens.
Whether or not he continues to soften his stance on illegal immigration remains to be seen, but he could attract more potential voters by doing so. On the other hand, he could also upset Republican voters. As Time reports, there are some conservative voters that feel as though Trump changes his stance on issues too often. They also viewed Trump’s stance on illegal immigration as one of their main reasons for supporting him.
“Some Republicans are upset with Trump because they support him and feel betrayed on his signature issue; other conservatives didn’t like Trump in the first place and point to this as evidence of his dishonesty.”
Many see Trump as an unfit candidate to become the next president of the United States, but Clinton has her own fair share of problems. In addition to the email scandal, where the FBI referred to her as “extremely careless,” many potential voters believe that she is dishonest.
With November’s election almost here, the polls between Republican nominee for president of the United States Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should continue to be volatile. Neither candidate is particularly trusted and praised among likely voters, but one of them is going to be the next president.
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