It was only slightly over one month ago when news broke that Donald Trump was leading Hillary in the polls. Although it was a close margin, with Trump maintaining 46% of the vote over Hillary’s 44%, the polling made headlines, seeing that Trump was hardly expected to win the Republican nomination, not to mention put up a fight in a general election contest. Now, however, following Trump’s securing the GOP nomination and palpably racist remarks about a federal judge, the excitement surrounding Trump has all but vanished, and Hillary now holds a commanding lead over the brash billionaire.
“Nevertheless, in a head-to-head general election matchup, Clinton leads Trump 51 percent to 39 percent among registered voters nationwide, the poll found. This is Clinton’s largest lead in Post-ABC polling since last fall and a dramatic reversal from last month’s survey, which found the race nearly even, with Trump at 46 percent and Clinton at 44 percent,” writes the Washington Post. This poll comes less than one week after an FEC report depicted Trump’s campaign nearly bankrupt, with only $1.3 million in the bank compared to Hillary’s nearly $43 million stash. And, if you didn’t think it could get any worse for Trump, let’s take a look at some more of the figures depicted in this latest survey.
Nearly 66% of Americans believe Trump is unqualified to be the president, and a whopping 56% say that Trump stands against their beliefs. What’s more is that this extends into the Republican Party as well, seeing that “nearly one-third of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump is unqualified for office, and 18 percent say he does not represent their beliefs, exposing fissures in the GOP base.” Republican voters may even vote blue come November, should Trump continue to alienate a wide swath of the party. “While 88 percent of Democrat-leaning voters say they support Clinton, a smaller 79 percent of Republican-leaning voters back Trump.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Trump’s rapidly declining support within the party. “And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job,” said the leading Republican.
Where Trump does see some success, however, is among those who say they want a new direction for the nation, leading Hillary with 64% over her 26%.
As Trump continues to push voters away from his campaign with offensive remarks about federal officials and proposals for policies that have been proven ineffective, such as his plan to survey mosques, it is tough to envision a path for Trump in which he is able to turn this around. However, if the new campaign manager he brings onto the team can make the real estate mogul more presidential and professional, it might just be possible to put up a fight in November.
What do you think about Trump’s declining poll numbers against Hillary?