Poll: Trump Now Has A 7 Point Lead Over Clinton

Elena Weissmann | Contributor

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump now has a seven point lead over Hillary Clinton nationally, according to a USC Dornsife/LA Times Presidential Election Daybreak poll released Wednesday.

The poll, which is updated daily, showed Trump leading Clinton 47 percent to 40 percent. The lead is outside the poll’s margin of error of 3 percentage points in either direction, indicating that the jump is not just the result of chance.

The seven point lead comes in the aftermath of the GOP Convention, at the beginning of which Trump enjoyed only a one point lead. The two were tied in the poll for much of the week, but after the Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off on Monday, Hillary’s ratings have taken a nose-dive.

Although the Republican Convention appears to have shifted a significant number of voters to Trump, it also seems to have strengthened support among Clinton supporters.

In addition to asking voters who they will likely vote for, the Daybreak poll also asks them to rate the likelihood of their voting on a 0 to 100 point scale. Among Clinton fans, the likelihood of voting has increased from a low of 80.4 points on July 10 to a high of 84.6 points in the most recent results, while Trump’s numbers have remained steady.

It remains to be seen whether Clinton will enjoy the same post-convention spike as Trump in the weeks to come. The Democratic presidential nominee will speak at the DNC on Thursday to accept her nomination.

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