Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has increased his lead over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Missouri by 5 points, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
- Trump: 46 percent;
- Clinton: 41 percent;
- Johnson: 5 percent;
- Stein: 2 percent;
- Undecided or prefer another candidate: 6 percent.
The poll was conducted after the leak of a 2005 tape in which Trump made sexually aggressive comments about women. The survey also showed that while white men continued to support the Republican presidential candidate by a wide margin, his reach among women voters declined by 12 points since August.
While about nine in 10 likely voters said they had watched the 2005 video, 51 percent said his comments were "inappropriate but (don't) make him unfit for office." About 35 percent said the comments make him unfit for president.
Meanwhile, in the Senate race, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, who had a 7-point lead over Democrat Jason Kander in August, is now ahead by just 2 points, according to the Monmouth poll.
- Blunt: 46 percent;
- Kander: 44 percent.
Blunt, who is seeking a second term, has his voters divided. While 32 percent find him favorable, 33 believe he is unfavorable.
Meanwhile, 33 percent voted Kander favorable and 14 percent found him unfavorable. A majority of voters, which formed 53 percent, say they have no opinion on him.
Most voters view both presidential candidates unfavorably. While 30 percent find Clinton favorable, 59 percent say she's unfavorable. Trump got 32 percent favorable votes as against 56 percent who marked him unfavorable.
The poll also showed a tough fight for post of governor. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster was ahead of Republican Eric Greitens by merely 3 points, 46 percent to 43 percent.
Koster, in the August survey, had a convincing 11-point lead.
The poll, which was conducted from Oct. 9-11, surveyed 406 likely voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
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