Weeks of provocative and outlandish behavior has hurt Donald Trump’s standing in two new national polls of registered voters, which showed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee falling further behind Hillary Clinton.
A Washington Post-ABC News survey had Clinton with a double-digit lead: 51 percent to 39 percent.
A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll had Clinton with a smaller advantage of 5 percentage points.
Both polls, released on Sunday, showed Trump in worse shape than he had been a month ago, as voters in the latest polls expressed doubts about his preparedness and qualifications to lead the nation.
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Nearly 2 in 3 Americans say they think Trump is unqualified to be president and are anxious about the idea of him in the White House, the Post-ABC poll found. In contrast, 61 percent think Clinton is qualified.
Trump is coming off two particularly damaging weeks for his campaign – a period in which he personally attacked a Mexican-American judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump University, gloated about predicting attacks like the Orlando massacre that left 49 dead, and fired his embattled campaign manager.
Despite his woes, not all the results of the new polls were heartening for Clinton. The Journal-NBC survey found that her lead essentially disappears when candidates from the Green Party and Libertarian Party are included. She essentially tied Trump, with 39 percent to his 38 percent. Together, third-party candidates grabbed 16 percent of the support.
Senior aides to both candidates spoke on Sunday morning news shows, and their words left little doubt about the intensity that the race is taking on now that the nominating fights have ended.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, said on Fox News Sunday, “Donald Trump is probably one of the most reckless, unfit candidates to ever seek the presidency.” Clinton, he said, is “probably one of the most prepared.”