New polling indicates that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is growing her lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. While previous surveys showed the two candidates separated by one or two points, the former Secretary of State now has a comfortable lead if the November election were held today.
A new general election tracking poll conducted by NBC News/SurveyMonkey, released on June 14, found that Clinton has a lead of 7 points over Trump among registered voters, scoring 49 percent while the business mogul trails in second with 42 percent in a head-to-head match.
The survey results indicate that Clinton is closing the gap on demographics where Trump has previously had a large advantage. She has narrowed the gulf between them among men and white voters and now leads the business mogul by 25 points among self-described moderates.
Clinton’s lead is less dramatic when the third-party candidates are added to the mix. When respondents were asked to factor in Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton led by 42 percent support while Trump stood with 38 percent.
In that scenario, Johnson garnered 9 percent support while Stein scored 5 percentage points.
While the third-party candidates' support has not grown since the last NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll, Clinton has gained while Trump has faltered. The week of June 6 showed the presumptive GOP nominee actually leading by one percentage point.
Trump had enjoyed a slight lead in several polls in the later stages of May. However, that edge over Clinton has evaporated in June as the former Secretary of State has all but clinched the Democratic nomination and gained the endorsements of high-ranking members of her party, including President Barack Obama.
A Fox News poll released on June 9 found that Clinton led with 42 percent while Trump came in second with 39 percent. That same day, Rasmussen Reports' weekly White House survey found that Clinton led by 42 percent while Trump trailed behind with 38 percent support.
Trump appears to have suffered a dip in polling following several weeks of intensely negative publicity. The business mogul drew controversy after accusing U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over one of several fraud lawsuits against Trump University, of having a conflict of interest because of his Hispanic heritage.
Polling conducted by YouGov found that the majority of Americans found Trump’s accusations against the judge to be both wrong and racist. Fifty-seven percent of respondents deemed the business mogul to be wrong to attack Judge Curiel while only 20 percent were in support of his actions.
Fifty-one percent of respondents found Trump’s comments racist while only 32 did not view them as problematic.