Hillary Clinton gained an 8-point lead over Donald Trump, the most since the first time the general election match-up question was asked on May 2, according to NBC News tracking poll
The poll shows:
- Among registered voters, 49 percent support Democrat Clinton compared with Republican Trump's 41 percent. Last week, the poll had Clinton leading by 6 points.
- When given the option to vote for the Green Party's Jill Stein and the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, the figures drop equally for both presumptive major-party candidates, but Clinton still leads 42 percent to Trump's 36 percent.
- A majority, 67 percent, of Republicans and those leaning Republican said they would choose Trump as the nominee at the GOP national convention next month, compared with 30 percent who would open the convention to choose another nominee.
- White evangelicals overwhelmingly support Trump, as they have consistently, favoring the billionaire New Yorker 72 percent to 19 percent for former Secretary of State Clinton.
- After Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' recent statement that he would most likely vote for Clinton in November, she now has the support of 68 percent of voters age 18-24, a gain of 12 percentage points from last week.
- Clinton is catching up to Trump in support from white voters after Trump took a 4 point drop in that category over the past week, but he still leads in that group, 49 percent to 41 percent.
According to aggregate polling data, Clinton leads Trump by nearly 7 percentage points in polls conducted this month, according to Real Clear Politics
. That margin drops to just over 5 percentage points when Johnson and Stein are included in the surveys.
Since the end of May, Clinton's lead has been steadily increasing.
While the NBC poll shows broad support among Republicans for Trump, he still faces a fractious convention. One GOP delegate from Virginia has sued in federal court to avoid being bound to vote for the former reality television star on the first nominating ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, showing that there is still some debate over choosing him as the nominee, according to The Guardian.
The NBC News/Survey Monkey was conducted from June 20 – 26, sampling 6,556 adults over age 18, and includes more than 5,818 who say they are registered to vote, with a margin of error of +/- 1.8 percentage points.
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