Two new polls released on Sunday have come as very bad news to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his supporters.
A Washington Post/ABC News has put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton 12 percentage points ahead of Trump, with 51 percent support to his 39. Fox News reported that this same survey put them in a statistical tie last month.
Two out of three Americans that participated in the poll said they think Trump is unqualified to lead the nation, are worried about the idea of him as president and disapprove of his comments on women, Muslims and his repeated attacks on a federal judge because of his heritage. This came after Trump slammed the character of Judge Gonzalo Curiel and said he could not fairly preside over the ongoing Trump University cases because of his Mexican heritage.
“I’m building a wall, it’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal.
Though Curiel’s parents are Mexican, he grew up in Indiana, and the fallout from Trump’s comments about him has been very swift. Some top Republicans have gone so far as to leave the party. These former Republicans include George Will, a conservative columnist and prominent Republican commentator for more than 40 years who left this week saying he had become disillusioned with the party.
“After Trump went after the Mexican judge from northern Indiana, then (House Speaker) Paul Ryan endorsed him and I decided that, in fact, that this is not my party anymore. I changed my registration to unaffiliated 23 days ago,” Will said on “Fox News Sunday.”
A second Wall Street Journal/NBC poll is a bit more comforting to Trump supporters, since it only gives Clinton a five percentage point lead over him. However, when third party candidates are factored in, that lead is virtually erased. This survey had Clinton at 46 percent support to Trump’s 41 percent, but when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the Democrat’s lead dropped to just 1 percent.
Even so, Trump’s support has dropped a full two points since May.
“Donald Trump has had the worst month one can imagine, but Clinton’s negatives are so high the net impact on the ballot is almost invisible,” Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Fred Yang, said.
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