apping off perhaps the worst week of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a new wave of national polls show Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gaining a significantly wider lead over her Republican rival.
The latest numbers are accompanied by a few caveats, however, not least of all is the fact that they arrive in the dead of summer and on the heels of Clinton’s historic presidential nomination at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
Still, Clinton’s sudden surge seems to reflect more than a simple post-convention boost.
Not only are her numbers rising, but the polls also show a major recent drop in support for Trump amid a cacophony of controversy that includes ongoing feuds with the Gold Star parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier as well as members of the GOP’s top brass, reports of chaos and frustration within both Trump’s campaign and his party, and a growing list of prominent Republicans publicly defecting to the Clinton camp.
A McClatchy/Marist poll released Thursday put Clinton at a 15-point lead over Trump, with the chasm between the candidates growing from a tight 42-39 last month to 48-33.
In addition to welcoming a new wave of fans from within Clinton’s own party, the pollster noted that she has also seen a recent surge in support from white voters and men — “two constituencies crucial to a Republican victory,” the firm wrote.
Other polls showed Clinton expanding her advantage by slightly more modest — though still significant — margins.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday, the former secretary of state has almost doubled her lead over Trump since last month, a mere 5 points before both party conventions to a more substantial 9 this week
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