Clinton leads by 7 points as Trump faces
grope claims: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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[October 15, 2016]
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic
presidential contender Hillary Clinton leads rival Donald Trump by seven
percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll
taken as the Republican nominee fought off accusations of groping women.
The Oct. 7-13 poll released on Friday shows that 44 percent of likely
voters support Clinton while 37 percent back Trump.
That was little changed from Tuesday when the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed
Trump trailing by eight points.
Two more women came forward on Friday with allegations that Trump had
groped them, including a contestant on his reality show, "The
Apprentice," as the businessman said accusations of sexual misconduct
against him were part of a plot to discredit him only weeks from the
Trump's campaign for the Nov. 8 election has been scrambling to recover
from the release a week ago of a 2005 video in which he bragged about
groping women and making unwanted sexual advances
Support for Clinton has been mostly rising in the seven-day tracking
poll since the last week of August, when the candidates were drawing
about the same level of support.
Since then, Clinton and Trump have faced each other in two heavily
watched debates -- contests that Americans believe Clinton won,
according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Former secretary of state Clinton also leads the field in a separate
poll question that includes alternative-party candidates. Among likely
voters, 44 percent back Clinton, 37 percent support Trump, six percent
favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and two percent support Jill
Stein of the Green Party.
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a
fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, U.S., October 14, 2016.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English in all 50
states. The most recent survey includes 2,889 people who are
considered likely voters given their registration status, voting
history and stated intention to vote. It has a credibility interval,
a measure of accuracy, of two percentage points.
National opinion polls have measured support for the candidates in
different ways this year, yet most agree that Clinton is leading and
that her advantage has strengthened as the election approaches.
RealClearPolitics web site, which tracks most major opinion polls,
shows Clinton ahead of Trump by an average of seven percentage
(Editing by Alistair Bell)
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