Politics

New Poll: Clinton Holds 9-Point Lead Nationally

| by Nik Bonopartis

Time's running out for Donald Trump, with Hillary Clinton on the verge of opening up a 10-point lead with just two weeks to go until Election Day.

Clinton has a nine-point lead over the Republican candidate, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released on Oct. 26. The poll shows the former First Lady with 47 percent of the vote, with Trump slipping to 38 percent in a four-way race with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who have four and two percent support respectively.

The new poll suggests a wider gap than the current national average in Real Clear Politics' aggregate, which has Clinton with a 4.9 percent lead in a two-way race and a near-identical 5.1-percent lead in a four-way matchup.

Based on current polling numbers, and including polls in contested states, Real Clear Politics estimates Clinton could win 333 electoral votes to Trump's 205. Two-hundred seventy electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.

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The poll also found some voters have been convinced by Trump's arguments that the election is "rigged," and that the news media is pushing hard for Clinton to win the presidency.

Forty-six percent of likely voters told the pollsters that the media is "the primary threat that might change the election results," Politico reports, while 75 percent said the media wants Clinton to win.

A study released by the conservative Media Research Center said 91 percent of Trump coverage on nightly news programs was "hostile" to the Republican businessman. The majority of election coverage presented by network news, the group said, has been focused on allegations against Trump while minimizing stories about email leaks unfavorable to Clinton.

"Even when they were critical of Hillary Clinton -- for concealing her pneumonia, for example, or mischaracterizing the FBI investigation of her e-mail server -- network reporters always maintained a respectful tone in their coverage," the study's authors argued. "This was not the case with Trump, who was slammed as embodying 'the politics of fear,' or a 'dangerous' and 'vulgar' 'misogynistic bully' who had insulted vast swaths of the American electorate."

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Trump himself has been vocal about his displeasure with media coverage of the campaign, and has pointed to a report by the Center for Public Integrity that found 96 percent of cash donated by journalists to campaigns has been given to Clinton.

Both Clinton and Trump have net negatives in favorability ratings, with Real Clear Politics' aggregate showing 52.5 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of Clinton compared to 43.4 percent who view her favorably. Trump fares much worse, with a negative 25.7-point spread and 60.7 percent of voters holding an unfavorable view of the real estate mogul.

Those negative perceptions are also reflected in the Suffolk University/USA Today poll: 28 percent of likely voters told the pollsters they'd be "scared" if Clinton wins the election, while 43 percent said they'd be frightened by a Trump win.

Sources: Politico (2), Real Clear Politics (2), Center for Public Integrity / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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