Democrat Hillary Clinton had a four-percentage point advantage in support over Republican Donald Trump ahead of their first USA presidential debate, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released on Friday.
Political veterans involved in preparing for past presidential debates said Clinton should drive home how she would run the country during uncertain times and draw a contrast as the steady, experienced alternative to the untested Trump.
“Our results are virtually the same as in our poll taken September 7 and September 8, where Clinton led Trump 43 percent to Trump’s 40 percent”, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, the Florida-based polling firm that executed the poll. Only 29 percent of registered voters would be excited and just 24 percent would be proud should Trump prevail in November.
The poll revealed that most voters oppose the hard-line approach to immigration that is a centerpiece of the billionaire businessman’s campaign, while two thirds believe he is racist.
The right-leaning Rasmussen Report poll has a flip-flop with Trump actually leading Clinton nationally by five points.
“With Trump and Hillary at heads with each other, bat with each other, it’s a really exciting debate and time to be on campus”, he said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday.
“A person who’s flat-chested is very hard to be a 10”, he says at another point, a quip pulled from an interview he once gave on Howard Stern’s radio show.
Additionally, 65 percent of those polled think that race riots would take place under a Trump presidency, and 44 percent say Trump would create internment camps for undocumented immigrants.
“Hillary Clinton has established a lead, but Donald Trump’s supporters are more committed to him”, Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said Clinton would be well-prepared for the task.
“Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans”, Cruz wrote Friday. Both candidates are widely viewed as dishonest. “Some people think she’s sleeping”, Trump quipped at the event.
While Trump undoubtedly has a passionate base of supporters, most voters don’t share their fervor. To defeat Clinton, his circle wants Trump to skip unnecessary fights with the moderator, avoid reacting defensively to her attacks and deflect any tough questions back onto safe ground. Voters are closely split on which candidate would better handle protecting the country, with 40 percent trusting Clinton more and 37 percent trusting Trump more.
Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell told Breitbart News many voters supporting Clinton actually have a very light commitment to her, because, he argued, their attitudes and values line up more closely with Trump voters.