The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead.
Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%. This is Trump’s highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ matchups with Clinton since last October. His support has been hovering around the 40% mark since April, but it remains to be seen whether he’s just having a good week or this actually represents a real move forward among voters.
Trump now earns 75% support among his fellow Republicans and picks up 14% of the Democratic vote. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats like Clinton, as do 10% of GOP voters. Both candidates face a sizable number of potential defections because of unhappiness with them in their own parties.
Part of that good week was a widely praised speech in western Pennsylvania about trade, and a stunning vote among United Kingdom citizens to leave the European Union – a move that resonated with Trump supporters.
Trump is gaining ground among younger voters, at least among Rasmussen’s sample of Americans: While other polls show CThe billionaire Republican has cornered 14 per cent of the Democratic vote, according to Rasmussen, while the former Democratic secretary of state has only attracted the support of 10 per cent of Republicans.
linton with sizable leads in that group, Thursday’s release shows the two candidates tied among voters under 40 years of age.
Another source of Trump’s apparent momentum is an advantage over Clinton among crossover defectors who plan to vote against their own party registration.
He also leads among independent voters, by a sizable 18-point margin.