Washington – U.S. presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is holding a 12-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump as support for the latter tumbled in the past month, found a poll released Sunday.
Clinton enjoys 51 per cent of support among Americans, up by seven points from May, compared to Trump’s support at 39 per cent, which is down by seven points, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.
This is Clinton’s biggest lead over Trump since last fall and is a dramatic reversal from the May poll, in which Trump led Clinton slightly by 46 per cent to 44 per cent.
The poll discovered that 56 per cent of American voters believe Trump stands against their beliefs, while 64 per cent say Trump does not have the necessary credentials to be president.
Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows to 10 points by 47 per cent to 37 per cent, when the two third-party presidential candidates were mentioned in the poll.
Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson gains 7 per cent of support, while Green Party’s Jill Stein garners only 3 per cent, according to the poll.
The controversial comments on women, minorities and Muslims made by Trump, a brash New York billionaire, may have contributed to his recent slide in the poll, as the majority of American voters regard them as biased.
Overall, 66 per cent of Americans think Trump’s remarks as “unfairly biased,” while only 29 per cent say they are “not unfairly biased.”
Even among the Republicans, 41 per cent think Trump’s remarks are “unfairly biased,” while 53 per cent say they are “not unfairly biased.”
Trump has been criticized recently by publicly attacking a Mexcian-American judge overseeing the Trump University fraud case.
The poll found that 68 percent of Americans regard Trump’ s criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel as racist and 85 per cent say they are inappropriate.
U.S. Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders said on Friday that he will vote for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November, saying stopping Donald Trump from becoming president must be an overarching goal.
Earlier U.S. President Barack Obama formally threw his support behind presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a report on Thursday. (Xinhua/NAN)