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New Poll Shows Widening Margin in Clinton-Trump Matchup

A new poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that the race between likely Democratic nominee and Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is beginning to take on the shape many have predicted for months now.

The Reuters poll has Clinton garnering 46 percent of support, with Trump lagging behind by 11 points at 35 percent. The 11 point lead by Clinton is the largest yet recorded in any poll.

Not surprisingly, Clinton also leads Trump in the all-important favorability category. 60 percent of poll respondents said they have a negative view of Trump, with only 40 percent saying they view him favorably. And the poll has deeper data which also bodes well for Clinton: President Obama’s favorability has now reached 52 percent. The higher an incumbent President polls, the greater the chance that his party will hold the White House.

Three weeks ago, the same Reuters/Ipsos poll had Trump ahead of Clinton by three points. So Clinton has gained 14 points in just three weeks time.

Yesterday, Clinton used a speech in San Diego to repeatedly call into question Trump’s suitability as Commander-in-Chief, even going so far as to say he is far too unstable to have his finger on the nuclear button. Clinton also skewered the real estate mogul for his arrogance and temperament, which she said made Trump “unfit” to be President of the United States.

Later, in a speech he gave in California, Trump didn’t rebut any of the charges the Democratic front-runner had made against him, only commenting that her speech was “political,” and adding:

“I watched Hillary today and it was pathetic. It was so sad to watch.”

Expect more pointed attacks on Trump in the weeks ahead by Clinton, her surrogates, and in attack ads which will increase in frequency. By this time next month, Trump could easily be polling at a 20 point deficit, and that will tell us that the November rout is indeed on schedule.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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