A string of recent presidential election polls conducted after the first presidential debate last Monday in New York shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is beginning to increase her lead over Republican presidential challenger Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. general election in early November which is now less than 40 days away.
New polling data from Real Clear Politics taken on Saturday shows that when averaging national election polls taken from 9/15 – 9/29, with some of the sampling done after the debate on Monday September 26th, Clinton leads by 2.9 percent.
According to a new poll from Rasmussen reports from 9/26 – 9/28, Clinton has a +1 lead with her 42 percent to Trump’s 41 percent.
Another poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) taken from 9/27 – 9/28 shows Clinton has a +4 lead with her 44 percent to Trump’s 40 percent.
The PPP poll also measured how unfavorable both presidential candidates are in the survey of 933 likely voters.
Donald Trump pulled ahead in the unfavorable category and reached a 55 percent level compared to Clinton’s 52 percent.
A Fox News poll taken from 9/27- 9/28 reveals that Clinton has a +3 lead with her 43 percent to Trump’s 40 percent.
A Difficult Week
Donald Trump caused more controversy again this past week after the first debate on Monday.
Trump doubled down on his past negative comments about former Miss Universe candidate Alicia Machado after Clinton pointed out during the debate that he had called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” after she gained weight following the beauty contest.
Appearing on Fox News & Friends on Tuesday, Trump said that it was a “real problem” when Ms. Machado gained a massive amount of weight.
“She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem… not only that, her attitude,” Trump said on Fox News & Friends.
Trump took to Twitter at 3:00 a.m. on Friday and called Ms. Machado a “con,” the “worst,” and “disgusting.”
Without citing any credible sources, Trump claimed that Ms. Machado appeared on a sex tape, although no such sex tape actually exists.
Trump later changed his tweet and said “Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U.”
Trump maintained Clinton “floated” her as an “angel” without checking her past, which is “terrible.”
Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016