New York: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a six-percentage-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Tuesday.
Clinton’s support has ranged from 41% to 44% since late July, and was about 41% in the August 11-15 online poll.
Trump’s support has experienced wider shifts ranging from 33% to 39% while his campaign has endured controversies and distractions in recent weeks. He is favoured by about 35% of likely voters, according to the most recent poll.
Trump has caused divisions in the Republican Party with his strong anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, and faced criticism from both parties earlier this month for a days-long feud with the parents of a Muslim American army captain killed in Iraq. Last week, 70 Republicans, including former members of Congress and Republican National Committee staff, wrote a letter calling for the RNC to stop helping Trump, whose actions they said were ‘divisive and dangerous.’
The number of likely voters who picked neither Clinton nor Trump in the poll was nearly 24%.
At this point in 2012, President Barack Obama was ahead of Republican nominee Mitt Romney by nearly the same margin, favoured by 46% of likely voters to Romney’s 41%, with about 13% picking neither candidate.
Obama and Romney swapped the lead in the poll several times through the summer and early fall before the president took and held the lead in late October.
In a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that gave respondents the option to choose from Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton also led Trump by six percentage points.
Of the alternative party candidates, Johnson came in third with eight percentage points. Stein had about two percentage points.
The August 11-15 polls surveyed a sample of 1132 and 1131 likely voters, respectively, and had a credibility interval of three percentage points.