WASHINGTON: Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton has firmed up her lead over rival Donald Trump one week after their bruising first head-to-head debate, new polls released Monday showed.
Results from a nationwide poll by Politico and Morning Consult has Clinton surging, with 42 percent support from likely voters compared to 36 percent for Trump in a four-way race that includes two lesser-known candidates.
The result is a four-point climb for Clinton from the previous week’s poll, conducted just before their showdown at Hofstra University in New York.
A CNN/ORC poll conducted after the debate and released Monday showed a similar bounce for the Democrat, who led Trump by five points, 47 percent to 42 percent among likely voters nationwide.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, weakened by damning revelations about his taxes, has intensified his personal attacks on Clinton as he scrambled Monday to counter her substantial gains. Trump addressed military veterans in Virginia before a rally later in Colorado.
Reviving his attacks on the former secretary of state’s handling of classified information via a “basement” email server, Trump said: “Hillary Clinton’s only experience in cyber-security involves her criminal scheme to violate federal law, engineering a massive cover-up and putting the entire nation in harm’s way.” Trump also broke new ground in the violence of his personal attacks on Clinton, mocking her for coming down with pneumonia last month and even openly questioning her loyalty to her husband.
“Here’s a women who’s supposed to fight trade deals in China… she’s supposed to fight all of these different things, and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car. Give me a break,” Trump said.
Clinton, at the same time, was traveling to key swing state Ohio.
Both candidates, however, remained underwater in terms of voter likeability. Morning Consult’s poll shows 58 percent of likely voters having an unfavorable view of Trump, compared to 54 percent unfavorable for Clinton.
But the CNN poll found that Clinton supporters were increasingly enthusiastic about voting for president in 2016, at 50 percent extremely or very enthusiastic, up from 46 percent earlier in September.
Enthusiasm among Trump supporters slipped from 58 percent to 56 percent.