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
After Trump's Tough Month, Clinton Opens Up a Big Lead
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)

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.
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