Clinton leads Trump by 13% in latest poll

July 5, 2016  

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump to 13 percentage points, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday found.

The poll was taken over the weekend, before the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommended on Tuesday that no criminal charges be filed against Clinton over her use of private email servers while she served as Secretary of State.

The presumptive Democratic nominee led Trump by 9 percentage points in a previous Reuters/Ipsos poll that ran from June 27 to July 1.

Tuesday’s poll showed that 46 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 33 percent backed Trump.

22 percent said they would not support either candidate for the November 8 election, according to Reuters.

Despite the fact that Clinton has maintained a lead over Trump, some polls have shown that the billionaire has been chipping at that lead.

Clinton has repeatedly said she never sent or received classified documents on her private servers, yet the public appears distrustful of her, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

In early May, noted the news agency, 63 percent of Americans, including 36 percent of Democrats, said they did not believe Clinton was “honest and truthful.”

Among Clinton’s supporters, nearly half said they were backing her because “I don’t want Donald Trump to win.” A further 39 percent said they “agree with her positions,” and about 13 percent said they “like her personally.”

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