Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leads Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton among likely voters, male voters, non-black minority and white voters, voters not affiliated with either of the two major political parties, and he pulls more crossover voters than Clinton in a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Thursday.
Of the 1,000 likely voters polled by telephone and online from June 28 to 29, 43 percent chose Trump over Clinton, who garnered 39 percent of the vote with a three percent margin of error. A graph included in the results shows Trump and Clinton have jockeyed for the top position since last October with the two trading for first place four times.
Fourteen percent of Democrats polled crossed over to support Trump, while Clinton garnered 10 percent of Republican crossover voters. Trump and Clinton garnered 75 and 76 percent respectively of voters from their own political parties.
Support for an “other” candidate has been trending downward since last October according to the graph included in the results report. This most recent poll finds 12 percent favoring an “other” candidate and five percent of those polled remained undecided as to whom they would support for president.
Trump’s Tuesday speech on trade, the United Kingdom’s June 23 vote to exit the European Union (also known as Brexit), and Tuesday’s Islamic terror attack at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk airport are listed in a report of the Rasmussen results as potentially contributing to Trump’s boost in the poll.
Trump supported Brexit while Clinton and President Obama opposed it. The report cited suggestions that Brexit signals “a rise of economic nationalism.”
Trump has advocated for a stronger response to the rise of Islamic terrorism and voters cited in the report believe that Clinton will continue the Obama national security approach. The recent Islamic terror attack in Orlando that left 49 victims dead has been appropriated by Democrats to advocate for more gun control, but voters were noted as divided over whether such measures could prevent a similar attack in the future. In last December’s Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead, the attackers acquired weapons from a friend who was used as a straw purchaser to acquire the weapons. That straw purchaser has been charged for providing the weapons.
All voters except Democrats included in the report say Trump would make the economy better.
“Trump how holds a 14-point led among men, while Clinton leds by six among women. The candidates are tied among those under 40, while Trump leads among older voters,” according to the report.
While Clinton led significantly among black voters in the poll, Trump led among not only white voters, but also “other minority voters.”
Trump also led by 18 points over Clinton among those voters not registered as Republican or Democrat. Twenty-eight percent of those minority party or unaffiliated either hadn’t decided yet or favored a candidate other than Trump or Clinton.
Trump has promoted his plan to complete the wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
“Most voters continue to oppose Obama’s plan as they have from the start and believe instead that the U.S. government needs to more aggressively deport illegal immigrants,” according to Rasmussen.
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