Clinton Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Trump In New Monmouth Poll

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August 8, 2016 1:32 pm
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Hillary Clinton took a double-digit lead over Donald Trump among registered voters nationally in a new Monmouth University poll out Monday, yet more evidence of a post-convention boost for the Democratic nominee.

Clinton received 46 percent support among registered voters, while Trump earned 34 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson took 7 percent, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein received 2 percent.

In the last iteration of the poll, conducted just before the start of the Republican National Convention in mid-July, Clinton led Trump 43 percent to 40 percent.

Clinton’s support among self-identified Democrats rose from 88 percent in July to 92 percent in August, while Trump’s support among the Republican base fell slightly from 81 to 79 percent.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday showed similar post-convention results among both Democratic and Republican voters.

“The dust is starting to settle on the tag-team conventions, with the net advantage going to Clinton,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the poll’s release.

While both candidates’ favorability levels remain low, Clinton fared slightly better than Trump in the wake of the conventions. Her favorability rating increased from 34 to 37 percent since July, while Trump’s fell from 31 to 26 percent.

When it comes to voters’ impressions of their temperament, the Democratic nominee has a clear advantage. Only 27 percent of voters said that the real estate mogul had the right temperament to sit in the Oval Office, a five-point drop from July. Clinton received a significant boost, on the other hand, with 61 percent of voters saying she was suited to serve as president, compared to 52 percent in July.

The Monmouth poll of 803 registered voters was conducted by landline and cellphone between Aug. 4-Aug. 7. The margin of error was 3.5 percent.

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