Rasmussen’s latest White House Watch survey shows that Republican nominee Donald Trump is leading Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among likely voters.
Rasmussen’s national telephone and online survey contradict widespread belief that Trump’s candidacy is dead. Trump received 43 percent support, while Clinton received 41 percent.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s support dropped to 6 percent, and the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, came out with 2 percent support. 4 percent of respondents support a candidate not listed in the survey and another 4 percent said that they were undecided.
The survey also reveals that a majority of Republican voters believe it is bad for their party that top GOP leaders continue to criticize Trump.
Sixty-six percent of Republican voters believe that its party leadership in Washington is out of touch with the base, and 51 percent of Republicans believe that GOP leadership does not want Trump to win.
“Our polling clearly shows that when Republican leaders, including Paul Ryan and John McCain, come out against Trump, it matters much more to the Washington Post and the New York Times than it does to rank-and-file voters,” Rasmussen analyst Fran Coombs told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Recent polling from Rasmussen revealed that 17 percent of Republican voters are not willing to speak publicly about who they plan to vote for, which suggests that the perception of Trump’s numbers may not match up with reality.
This morning’s numbers represent a big shift from Monday morning. Rasmussen’s White House watch contacts 500 likely voters each day, and releases its findings, which combine the three previous day’s numbers. Clinton led Trump Monday morning by 7 points, which shrunk to 5 points Tuesday, 4 points Wednesday and as of this morning, Trump overtook Clinton.
The survey was conducted just days after an 11-year-old video surfaced, with Trump allegedly making graphic comments on an Access Hollywood bus. The results indicate that the Republican nominee has weathered the most recent media firestorm.
Trump vowed that he would intensify his focus on former President Bill Clinton, and promised to reveal additional women who claim they were sexually assaulted by the former president.
“We’re going to turn Bill Clinton into Bill Cosby,” Trump’s campaign CEO told Bloomberg Politics.
The survey contacted 1,500 likely voters from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2016. Rasmussen reports a +/- 2.5 percent margin of sampling error.
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