Republican nominee for president of the United States Donald Trump continues to trail Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released on Friday night. The poll, which was conducted from Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and included 1,695 likely voters from all 50 states, had a margin of sampling error of three percentage points. Likely voters were picked based on registration status, voting history and stated intention to vote in the election.
“The Sept. 30-Oct. 6 opinion poll showed that 43 percent of likely voters supported Clinton while 38 percent supported Trump. Clinton has consistently led Trump by 4-6 points in every weekly poll since the beginning of September. During this period, the candidates faced off in the most-watched presidential debate in history – a matchup that a majority of Americans believed Clinton won. The New York Times also released portions of Trump’s 1995 tax returns that showed the celebrity real estate developer had reported a loss that was big enough to have allowed him to avoid paying personal taxes for a number of years.”
As the Inquisitr reported last week, Clinton led Trump 43 percent to 38 percent in the same Reuters/Ipsos poll that was conducted from Sept. 23-29. Last week’s poll included 2,501 participants and had a margin of sampling error of only two percentage points, so it was considered slightly more accurate. Regardless, yesterday’s results show that Clinton has the same five-point lead over Trump.
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
While Trump has said numerous controversial things over the course of his campaign, his latest remarks regarding women may be towards the top of the list. As CNN reports, Trump released a video on Saturday morning apologizing for his remarks that were heard in a 2005 tape. While Trump apologized, he quickly went on the offense against Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
In addition to blaming the Clintons for running the country into the ground, Trump went on to say that Bill Clinton has abused women. He then said that Hillary has bullied and shamed Bill’s victims. While Bill Clinton has been involved in various controversies regarding women, most notably with Monica Lewinsky, potential voters may be put off by Trump’s attack on the Clintons in his apology.
Additionally, it appears as though Trump is going to address those issues in the second presidential debate, which will take place on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Even with all of Trump’s controversies, Clinton is failing to significantly separate herself from him. Along with the recent email scandal, potential voters view Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy. Since neither candidate is particularly liked, many Americans will have to ultimately settle when they vote in November.
Public opinion regarding the recent vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence is mixed, but most unbiased sources view Pence as the winner. While certain left-wing outlets have admitted that Pence won, they said it was only because he refused to answer questions. Regardless, Pence is a positive for the Trump campaign, which has consistently gotten off track over the past few months. He even issued a statement regarding Trump’s comments regarding women, which were seen in the 2005 tape.
With exactly one month to go until the election, it is really still anyone’s race. Clinton should be considered ahead at this point, but Trump has remained close in recent months. Throughout most of the summer, Clinton held a double-digit lead over Trump in the Reuters/Ipsos favorability poll. In the beginning of September, Trump actually led Clinton for a short time. She has since regained the lead, but she has been unable to extend it.
Tomorrow’s debate could make or break Trump. If he comes prepared this time, he has a chance to sway more undecided voters. If he has a similar performance that he did in the first debate, things could get ugly in the polls very quickly.
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