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Hillary Widens Lead Over Trump in Two Major Polls

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By    |   Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 11:17 AM

The collective findings of two new polls Sunday give a fuzzy snapshot of the likely general election race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — indicating the GOP presumptive nominee is either regaining his footing, or continues to struggle against the former secretary of state.

Even more worrisome for Trump, Clinton is edging ahead in several key battleground states.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, and a Washington Post/ABC News poll,  come to sharply different conclusions in the contest.

In the Journal/NBC survey, Trump is holding his own against Clinton — and essentially tied with her when a third-party candidate is in the mix. But even in that poll support for Clinton ticked up 2 points.

Here's that breakdown:
  • Clinton: 46 percent
  • Trump: 41 percent

With third-party candidates Gary Johnson, a Libertarian Party candidate, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein added, the results are:
  • Clinton: 39 percent
  • Trump: 38 percent

That poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

In the Post/ABC survey, Clinton has a firmer lead.

That breakdown looks like this:
  • Clinton: 51 percent
  • Trump: 39 percent

That poll shows a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Trump has stumbled in the polls since May in the wake of comments about a Mexican America judge presiding in a fraud case over his defunct Trump University, and turmoil within his campaign. 

But there's speculation the explosive vote in Britain to exit the European Union could help fuel a resurgence in Trump's anti-immigration message and public support for it. 

Clinton also has seized the lead in several battleground states, according to a new CBS News battleground tracker poll.

Clinton leads Trump in Florida, 44 to 41 percent. In Colorado, the presumptive Democratic nominee has a 1-point lead over Trump, 40 to 39 percent. In Wisconsin, Clinton holds a 5-point lead over the presumptive GOP nominee, 41 to 36 percent, and in North Carolina, she has a 2-point lead, 44 to 42 percent.

Clinton is more prepared to be the country's commander in chief, respondents told CBS. Trump, meanwhile, is seen as being more likely to bring change to Washington, and to be able to fix the economy.

In Florida, only only 38 percent of respondents said the same about Trump. Still, 65 percent said Trump would bring about change, while just 33 percent said the same of Clinton.

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