11, September 2016
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is closing in on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’ lead in the race for the White House as a number of states are no longer considered likely wins for Clinton, according to a new poll. The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Saturday shows Trump has caught up to Clinton’s level of support in several states, including Florida and Ohio.
Clinton is still favored to win 17 states, but Trump would likely win 23 states, the poll found. The number of states that Clinton was projected to win in has dropped over the past few weeks. Ohio and Florida were considered likely wins for Clinton in late August, but now the candidates are about even in support in those states. Over the past few weeks, Clinton’s lead in national surveys has vanished, although polls tend to narrow as Election Day nears.
A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters showed Clinton’s 8-point lead over Trump in late August has disappeared. Clinton’s growing unpopularity follows renewed focus on her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, as well as alleged conflicts of interest over her connections to the Clinton Foundation fundraising.
A CNN/ORC Poll released last week shows Trump has closed the gap with Clinton and leads her nationally in the race for the White House by two points. Like previous surveys in past several months, the CNN poll also shows that both candidates remain mostly unliked, with majorities saying they have an unfavorable view of each candidate. Polls taken in the past several months have shown that Clinton and Trump were ranked among the most unpopular presidential candidates in America’s history.