Polls: Donald Trump Closing in on Hillary Clinton
In a new potential general election matchup poll, Donald Trump has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton.
The new ABC News/Washington Post poll has Trump up by two points – 46 percent to 44 percent – among registered voters.
This represents a shift of 11 points toward the Republican nominee since the end of March.
In those two months, Trump’s two rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both dropped out, making the billionaire the Republicans’ presumptive nominee.
When looking at the bigger pool of American adults, Clinton still holds the lead – 48 percent to 42 percent, but she’s still down 18 points from where she was in March.
Among the registered voters who said they are supporting Clinton, 48 percent were doing so because they liked her as a candidate while another 48 percent were voting against Trump.
Of the registered voters who said they were supporting Trump, 44 percent said they were casting a vote for the billionaire, while another 53 percent said they were casting a vote against Clinton.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out today has Clinton up by three points, but within the survey’s margin of error of 3.1 percent.
Clinton receives 46 percent support from registered voters, while Trump received 43 percent support from the same group.
Breaking down those numbers, Clinton does well among African-Americans (88 percent to 9 percent), Latinos (68 percent to 20 percent), women (51 percent to 38 percent) and registered voters ages 18 to 34 (55 percent to 32 percent).
Trump scores better with whites (52 percent to 36 percent), seniors (52 percent to 41 percent), men (49 percent to 40 percent) and independents (42 percent to 37 percent).
The NBC News poll, like the ABC News/Washington Post poll, was taken after Trump became the presumptive nominee, and thus shows Republicans’ coalescing around their man.
Now 86 percent of Republicans say they’re supporting Trump, versus 6 percent who would defect and vote Clinton. This is up from the 72 percent of Republicans who said they’d support the billionaire last month, versus the 13 percent who’d run across the aisle.
With the Democratic race still pressing on, support for Clinton – the overwhelming favorite for the nomination – hasn’t solidified as neatly.
While 83 percent of Democrats said they’d support Clinton in the general election, versus 9 percent who’d vote for Trump, just 66 percent of Democratic primary voters who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said they’d support Clinton over Trump.
That compared to 88 percent of Clinton supporters who’d vote for Sanders if he was up against Trump, if the Democratic primary went the other way.
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