Trump Gains In NBC National Poll

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Republican nominee Donald Trump increased his numbers against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the latest NBC national poll published Tuesday.

Clinton earned 46 percent, and Trump finished closely with 41 percent. Trump earned 40 percent in last week’s NBC poll. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson fell slightly to 7 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein also fell slightly to 3 percent.

Clinton’s lead over Trump increased to 6 points in the two-way poll, earning 50 percent compared to Trump’s 44 percent.

Higher numbers of likely voters in the poll reportedly felt that the Republican Party was split, with 74 percent saying the Party will remain divided through the election. Four percent reported they felt the Party was united.

Sixty-three percent of Republicans felt that the Party needed to unite behind Trump in order to win, but 34 percent of Trump supporters asserted that Trump can win without the full support of Republicans.

Voters are also undecided on the question of who should lead the Republican Party. Thirty-four percent of Republicans trusted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to lead the Party, but 63 percent chose Trump. Ryan earned the support of 62 percent support among Independents, and 84 percent support among Democrats. Trump only earned 24 percent support among Independents, and 4 percent of Democrats.

Clinton has a 5.1 percent lead in the Real Clear polling average, earning 48.3 percent compared to Trump’s 43.2 percent.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey weekly tracking poll ran from Oct. 17 through Oct 23, and included 32,225 likely voters. The poll carried a one percentage point margin of error point in either direction.

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