Clinton lead over Trump widens to 10 points in latest tracking poll

Posted October 03, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Republican rival Donald Trump by 4 per cent after their first televised debate, according to a poll.

In a separate poll that included alternative party candidates, Mrs Clinton led the field by 4%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson drew 7% support, ahead of Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 1%.

Given the topsy-turvy nature of this year's presidential race, major campaign events on the scale of the season's first debate have proven to sway many undecided voters. The margin was even higher - 53 to 24 - among voters under 30.

Clinton's lead in MI brings is similar to margins she had in August coming out of the Democratic National Convention, but polling in September showed she was lead over Trump had narrowed to between 3 and 6 points.

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PPP showed Ms. Clinton faring similarly well in other key battleground states and observed, "If these results hold up, Donald Trump has no path to victory".

Narrowing the focus to likely voters who watched the debate, Clinton led Trump 44 per cent to 39 per cent.

Clinton has taken a 7-point lead against Trump in MI, with 42 percent of the vote to his 35 percent, according to a Detroit News/WDIV poll.

The poll was taken between September 28 and September 29 and has a 4 percent margin of error.

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Meanwhile, Clinton's campaign also sent out a number of emails to its supporters this week, mainly with the aim of raising campaign funding.

Going into debate night, 538.com reported the electoral vote race between the two was almost even and gave Trump a campaign season-high 46 percent chance of emerging as Barack Obama's White House successor.

The voters saw Clinton as the "stronger leader", was "more honest and authentic", and clearly had a "better understanding of the issues" while many voters agreed Trump spent more time "attacking" his opponent. The margin of error is 3.7 percentage points in Colorado, 3.4 points in Florida and Virginia, and 3.3 points in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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