A recent presidential poll released over the week-end shows that Hilary Clinton received a post Democratic Convention boost and moved ahead of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
More presidential polls will be released later this week.
A July 30th poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that Clinton has a +5 advantage over Trump with 46 percent compared to Trump’s 41 percent.
Independent challenger Gary Johnson lags behind with 6 percent and Jill Stein just has 2 percent.
Most notably, the PPP poll shows that Clinton’s net favorability improved by 9 points over the month.
According to PPP, the favorability gains for Clinton is attributed to Democrats increasing their support for her.
“It looks like the Republican and Democratic convention bounces have cancelled each other out and basically left the race where it was a month ago,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a released statement.
“And that’s perfectly good news for Hillary Clinton” Debnam added.
The July 30th PPP poll shows that Democrats came out of their convention with the American public having a more favorable view of their party (45/48 favorability) compared to Republicans (38/55 favorability).
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,276 likely voters on July 29th and 30th after the Democratic Convention. The margin of error is +/- 2.7 percent.
Tax Returns And Putin-Russia Could Pose Serious Problems For Trump
The July 30th PPP poll shows that a strong majority, 62 percent, want Donald Trump to release his tax returns compared to only 23 percent who don’t believe that its necessary.
Trump has resisted calls to release his tax returns which has been routine protocol for past presidential nominees.
Trump admitted on ABC’s This Week aired on Sunday that he will release his tax returns “when I’m finished with the audit.”
The second issue that could potentially create a problem for Trump is the Vladimir Putin/Russia issue.
Only 7 percent of polled Americans view Vladimir Putin favorably compared to the 69 percent who hold a negative opinion.
There are just 14 percent of polled voters who see Russia favorably as a whole compared to 52 percent with a negative opinion.
Donald Trump has made favorable comments about Vladimir Putin in the past and expressed admiration for the Russian leader whose government took over Crimea in early 2015 and increased military support in Syria this year for Syrian President Bashar Assad whose Damascus government is accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks in civilian areas.
Last Wednesday during a presidential campaign press conference, Trump said that he hoped intelligence authorities from Russia hacked into Clinton’s e-mail and could locate and release the 30,000 missing e-mails which follows other controversial comments he made during a July 21st New York Times interview about the U.S. not coming to rescue NATO affiliated countries that don’t meet their military spending requirements and fall short of the 2 percent of their GDP on defense.
“We’re talking about countries that are doing very well. Then yes, I would absolutely be prepared to tell those countries, ‘Congratulations, you will be defending yourself ‘ ” Trump said during a July 21st New York Times interview.
Lack Of Transparency About Meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin
During a National Press Club luncheon in May 2014, Donald Trump offered positive comments about meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I spoke indirectly and directly with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success” Trump said during the luncheon.
When Trump was later challenged by journalists about his past positive comments about Putin, he denied that he had ever met with Putin.
On ABC’s This Week aired on Sunday, Trump continued to deny that he had any relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin but seemed to waver back and forth with his answers which went from “no relationship” to ” I don’t think…..”
“I have no relationship with Putin. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. I never met him. I don’t think I’ve ever met him” Trump said on ABC’s This Week.
ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos questioned Trump about the fact he said on three occasions in the past that he had a relationship with Putin.
“Well I don’t know what it means by having a relationship. I mean he was saying very good things about me, but I don’t have a relationship with him” Trump said.
“I didn’t meet him. I haven’t spent time with him” Trump added.
During the same ABC This Week interview, Trump took a less than critical view towards Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2015.
“But you know, the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that also” Trump said.
Retired John R. Allen, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four star General, and previous Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, told ABC’s This Week that Donald Trump has “no credibility” and said that there has been progress with respect to the war with ISIS.
“What we have to do, George, is listen to what he’s been saying about our military. He’s called it a disaster. He says out military can’t win anymore. That’s a direct insult to every single man and woman who’s wearing the uniform today” General Allen said.
“He’s talked about needing to torture. He’s talked out needing to murder the families of the alleged terrorists. He’s talked about carpet bombing ISIL” General Allen added.
Even though Trump has talked about Russia and the U.S. working together against ISIS, General Allen said, “Well, the Russians haven’t helped us at all against ISIS” and later admitted that Russia has dropped cluster munitions, which have created huge number of civilian casualties.”
Some Republican military leaders such as Richard Armitage, a Republican politician who served as Deputy Secretary of State at the State Department under former U.S. President George Bush, Brent Scowcroft, a National Security advisor under former U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, and Paul Wolofowitz, a Defense Secretary under George W. Bush have all voiced their reluctance to support Donald Trump in his bid for the Oval Office.
- I have uploaded a new You Tube video about me discussing the latest PPP poll and Donald Trump.