Hillary's NH surge: Clinton leads Trump by 17 in new poll

Henrietta Brewer
August 12, 2016

As Donald Trump tweets about his party's "great unity", groups of wealthy Republicans are abandoning the GOP to campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton is opening up a 10-point lead. When it comes to Clinton voters, though, 67% are voting mostly for her; 28% mostly against him.

Most of Trump's backers - 57 percent - say their vote is against Clinton, while only 36 percent called it a pro-Trump decision. Trump trounces Clinton among Republicans, but she trounces him by even more among Democrats.

Polls in battleground states such as New Hampshire, Michigan and Pennsylvania show Clinton leading by substantial margins. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan also appears to be moving in a similar direction toward the Democrat.

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Thursday. 4 online poll of 1,154 likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 4 points.

In the NBC/WSJ national poll, both candidates have high negative ratings, but there has been a shift in that statistic since the end of the conventions, reports The Wall Street Journal.

State polls out of four states also show an increase in support for Hillary Clinton. Will there be Republicans and Independents that acknowledge their dislike for Donald Trump but still can't bring themselves to cross party lines and vote for Maggie Hassen? She has a net positive +27 score overall (61 percent of voters have a favorable view of her vs. 34 percent unfavorable). She also splits the votes of college-educated men with Trump. Clinton is continuing to pound Trump on his controversial remarks regarding the parents of a fallen soldier and wanting a Purple Heart.

Here are five takeaways from the surveys that address whether Clinton can hold her post-convention bounce and the overall state of U.S.

Madonna is the director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll. She was up 6 points in the latest Suffolk University poll in Florida.

Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton on every issue area brought up in the poll, excerpt for three: The economy, the deficit, and national security. In only in one of the surveys has Clinton's lead actually increased when Johnson and Stein are included. Of those surveyed, it found that 61 percent want a Democrat in the White House, while only 33 percent want a Republican.

Trump's struggles in the state's conservative strongholds are attributable in part to Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. This isn't the first poll to reveal Trump's lack of appeal to youth voters.

But Clinton has not once taken questions for 15 to 20 minutes in 2016. Among Republican voters, 40 percent say his response was "in bounds", while 41 percent think he was "out of bounds", and 19 percent are unsure.

It was an unusual gesture for Trump, who is known for his refusal to admit mistakes and his tendency to double down when he's under attack. When more options are mentioned, the number of undecided voters rises a tick, to 11% from 9% in the two-way race.

With the political party conventions wrapped up and the general election season well underway, the presidential tickets are focusing on a few key swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Virginia and now MI. And based on this poll, it's on many voters' minds, too.

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