Hillary’s lead over Trump has increased from 3 points last week to 7 points today, but it’s not because people are flocking to her. Rather it’s because Trump is losing support:
REUTERS – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican rival Donald Trump increased to more than 7 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, from less than 3 points on Thursday.
The shift came as Trump struggled to reset his campaign following a stretch of controversies.
About 42 percent of likely voters favored Clinton and about 35 percent preferred Trump, according to the Aug. 4-8 online poll of 1,152 likely voters, which had a credibility interval of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The others would either pick another candidate, would not vote, or “don’t know/refused.”
The results reflected a decline in support for Trump, rather than a boost for Clinton: In last Thursday’s poll, 42 percent of likely voters favored Clinton and about 39 percent favored Trump.
The five-day survey concluded on a mixed day for the Trump campaign. After squabbles last week with party leaders and the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq, Trump sought to turn the page with a speech outlining an economic platform of tax breaks and regulatory rollbacks.
There was speculation that Hillary’s lead was slipping last week, but she stayed at 42 and it was Trump who dropped from 39 to 35.
That alone speaks volumes.