After Trump's Tough Month, Clinton Opens Up a Big Lead
The Democrat is now up by double digits
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2016 10:14 AM CDT
Donald Trump gestures as he chats with the media after he arrived at the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie, near Aberdeen, Scotland, Saturday, June 25, 2016.   (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

(Newser) – After a month plagued with what the Washington Post is calling "self-inflicted controversies," Donald Trump has taken a beating in that paper's latest poll, "foreshadowing that the November election could be a referendum on Trump more than anything else." Hillary Clinton—who in May's poll was trailing Trump 46% to 44%—now holds a commanding 51% to 39% lead over her rival. Other findings in the poll reflect voters' reservations about Trump. Some highlights:

  • Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said Trump is unqualified for the job
  • Fifty-six percent say Trump doesn't stand for their beliefs
  • About one-third of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump is "flatly unqualified"
  • One bright spot for Trump: Among those who want the country to take a different direction, 64% favor Trump, while 26% favor Clinton.