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First Post-Leak Polls: Hillary Now Up By Double Digits, Crushing Trump

First Post-Leak Polls: Hillary Now Up By Double Digits, Crushing Trump

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Trump’s leaked tape is the failed campaign’s death knell and the proof is in the polls. The candidate’s outrageously sexist comments have struck a chord with voters that is unlikely to be fade in the next three weeks. Conducted on Saturday, post-leak but pre-debate, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has Clinton leading Trump by double-digits. When factoring in Libertarian Gary Johnson, who stands at 9% and Jill Stein, Green Party candidate at 2%, Clinton beat out Trump 46% to his 35%. However, when the poll placed only the two together, Clinton surpassed Trump by 14 percentage points (52% to 38%).

This kind of lead at the polls is what landslides are made of. The poll also indicates that Clinton has captured a 13% lead among all registered voters—this is her greatest lead since September.

Out of the 500 respondents to the poll, 49% say they would prefer a Democratic Congress as opposed to a Republican one (42%); this seven point majority is the greatest lead for the Dem’s since the ’09 government shutdown. Even last month the parties were more evenly matched with a three-point margin (48% wanting Democrat and 45% going Republican.) This additional four-point surge grows the Democratic lead closer to 10% than it has been in a long time.

The tape is likely a key player in how voters are responding to the party they would like to see in office—52% feel the tape should be an issue in the campaign; 42% believe it should not. GOP voters are less affected by the tape, although 9% feel the tape should be the catalyst for other Republicans dropping Trump and an even higher number, 14%, believe the leak should cause Trump to drop out of the race all together. Needless to say, it is not in the GOP’s best interest to have almost 15% of their own party turn on their candidate, less than a month away from the election.

The majority of voters feel Trump’s comments were unacceptable across party lines. If not unacceptable, there is a consensus that what was said was inappropriate; 31% have acknowledged that the remarks were not right, though “typical of how some men talk in private.” However, the majority of respondents, 41%, feel Trump’s language was “completely unacceptable.”

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We will see how this plays out in November, but if the polls are any indication, the leak may be the smoking gun that finally takes Trump down.

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