Pundits at major news networks certainly had their fair share of fun with the Republican National Convention last week. From the massive anti-Trump protests that erupted outside of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to Melania plagiarizing a sizeable portion of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech to Trump invoking Americans’ deepest fears to garner favor in his presidential nomination acceptance speech, there was no shortage of material with which the media could score headlines. Despite the major news made at the Convention last week, it appears that the biggest headline from the event has actually come in its aftermath, as the RNC gave Trump a substantial boost in the polls against rival Hillary Clinton as she prepares for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
According to CNN, “Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%.” This is Trump’s best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll since September of last year. The numbers suggest that a surge amongst Independent voters’ support is responsible for this increase, as Trump has jumped from 31% to 46% among this voting block.
Additionally, Trump’s overall favorability has risen since the Convention as well. Going into the event, only 39% of registered voters reported holding a positive view of the candidate. Now, however, that number is roughly 46%.
With the DNC’s recent debacle involving a leak of emails revealing plans to sabotage Sanders’ campaign in order to prevent him from defeating Hillary in the primary race, it is likely that Americans will continue to see the Democratic Party as corrupt and deceptive, as Trump branded them last week, which will only help Trump in the polls. As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today, all eyes are on Philadelphia to see if the Democrats can shake up the nation and make an appeal for their own party to unite against Trump or if they will not be able to thwart the rise of the billionaire real estate mogul.
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