Republican Party’s presidential hopeful Donald Trump has edged past his nearest opponent Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, says a report.
Donald Trump has secured 44 per cent, while Hillary managed to get 39 per cent in a four-way contest, followed by Gary Johnson (nine per cent) and Jill Stein (three per cent), CNN reported quoting a recent media study.
Trump’s plus points are his increased base among the independents, added the reports. Some 43 per cent of voters in a mock survey said that his speeches at Republican convention in Cleveland made them more closer to him, while a 42 per cent turned against him.
Before the convention, 34 per cent of them favoured Clinton and 31 per cent with Trump, and a good numbers were with Johnson (22 per cent) and Stein (10 per cent). But, now 46 per cent said they favor Trump, followe by 28 per cent for Clinton, 15 per cent for Johnson and only 4 per cent with Stein, CNN said.
Among the educated class of whites, however Clinton has improved her tally, from 44 per cent to Trump’s 39 per cent compared to the pre-convention figures( 40% to 40%). However, Trump managed to expand among whites with out graduation(51% to 62%).
Trump’s favourability rating is also on the rise, 46 per cent of registered voters say they have a positive view, up from 39 per cent pre-convention, while his advantage over Clinton on handling top issues climbs. He now holds double-digit margins over Clinton as more trusted on the economy and terrorism. Trump also cut into Clinton’s edge on managing foreign policy — 50 per cent said they trusted her more, down from 57 per cent pre-convention.
The convention also helped Trump make strides in his personal image. A majority (52 per cent) said that Trump was running for President for the good of the country rather than personal gain, just 44 per cent say the same about Clinton.
Despite Democratic criticism of the Republican convention’s message as divisive, the percentage who say Trump will unite the country rather than divide it has increased to 42 per cent, compared with 34 per cent pre-convention.
Clinton’s ratings on these same measures took a hit, though in most cases her drop-off was not quite as large as Trump’s gain. Perhaps most troubling for the Clinton supporters gathering in Philadelphia this week — 68 per cent say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, her worst rating, CNN reported.
Those positives for Trump come despite some sharply negative reviews for the convention itself. Almost 6 in 10 (58 per cent) said the Republican convention spent too much time attacking Democrats, and 18 per cent called Trump’s speech “terrible”.
At least, 40 per cent called the speech excellent or good and about 45 per cent said Trump’s speech reflected the way they feel about things in the US today; 48 per cent said it did not reflect their views.
The public rendered a split decision on whether the convention made them more or less likely to back Trump, 42 per cent said more likely while 44 per cent said less so, but the shift in voter preferences suggests the “more likely” side carried more weight. And most came away feeling ready to decide about Trump’s fitness for the job: 78 per cent say they already know enough to know whether he’d be a good president. Another 20 per cent think they need more information.
Two prominent convention speakers saw their stock rise post-convention as well. Favourability ratings for Trump’s wife, Melania, climbed from 27 per cent pre-convention to 43 per cent post-convention, despite news that her Monday night speech contained passages lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech.
The CNN/ORC poll suggests a large share of Republican voters still need to be won over. The share of Republicans who say their party is “united now” climbed from 16 per cent pre-convention to 24 per cent post-convention, but about 49 per cent say that it is not united, but will be by November, and there are still about a quarter who say the party won’t unite at all. Further, 45 per cent continue to say they did prefer someone other than Trump as the nominee.