As Donald Trump’s polling bounce continues to recede, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton extending her lead to nine points – 43 percent to 34 percent – over the spray-tanned billionaire.
Since last week, when Clinton led in the same poll by just five points, the former Secretary of State has nearly doubled her lead over Trump.
The head-to-head general election numbers aren’t the only promising findings in the survey for the Democratic candidate.
On favorability, Donald Trump’s numbers are twice as bad as Clinton’s with a whopping 60 percent of respondents saying they have a negative view of the Republican candidate. Just 40 percent say they like Trump. While the former Secretary of State doesn’t have stellar likeability numbers, she has consistently performed better than the Trump on that measure.
As the Democratic primary race comes to a close, the survey also shows Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by eight points – 51 percent to 43 percent – with less than a week to go before she will likely clinch the nomination with a win in the New Jersey Democratic primary.
More good news for Clinton is the fact that the current president continues to get high marks from Americans. A majority – 52 percent – approve of President Obama’s job performance, a better rating than Ronald Reagan had at this point in his final year in office. A Gallup poll released today showed the same finding.
Overall, these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt as Americans don’t officially choose the 45th occupant of the White House for another five months. Still, if President Obama’s approval rating holds steady in the 50+ range and Democrats unite behind Hillary Clinton, Nov. 8 will be a long night for Donald Trump.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.