Clinton extends lead over Trump to 13
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[July 13, 2016]
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic
presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Republican
rival Donald Trump to 13 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion
poll released on Tuesday, up from 10 points at the end of last week.
The July 8-12 poll showed 46 percent of likely voters supported Clinton,
the former secretary of state, while 33 percent supported Trump, a
celebrity real estate developer. Another 21 percent did not support
That compared with 45 percent who supported Clinton and 35 percent who
supported Trump in the five days to July 8.
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has mostly led in the
national online poll this year. The last time Trump came close to
Clinton's popularity was in early May, when his last two rivals for the
Republican nomination dropped out of the race and party leaders started
to line up behind his campaign.
Trump, who is expected to become the official Republican nominee at the
party's convention next week, has since lost ground in the poll as he
struggled to refocus his campaign from the Republican nominating
contests to the Nov. 8 general election.
Over the past several weeks, Trump has faced criticism for his past
business dealings and has quarreled with Republican leaders over his
rejection of international trade agreements and his promises to crack
down on immigration.
Clinton, meanwhile, has been dogged by criticisms of how she handled
classified information as secretary of state.
James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said last
week that Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" with sensitive
information but recommended that the government not seek criminal
charges against her.
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A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate
Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in
Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy
Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos
Still, Americans have become increasingly positive about Clinton
this month, with half of likely voters now saying they have a
favorable view of her, according to the poll, up from 46 percent on
Some 60 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable view of Trump,
compared with 58 percent on July 1.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 1,146 likely voters across the
continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. It has a credibility
interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points.
(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Leslie Adler)
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