Clinton Jumps to Big Lead After Trump Tape Reveal

     (CN) – Hillary Clinton has jumped to a double-digit lead in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after the revelation of tapes of Donald Trump’s vulgar comments about women in 2005.
     The poll was conducted on Saturday and Sunday, but before the second presidential debate Sunday night. It shows Clinton with the support of 46 percent of likely voters nationally in a four-way race, compared to 35 percent for Trump, 9 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 percent for the Green party’s Jill Stein.
     In a two-way contest, Clinton’s lead grows to 14 points, with the Democrat have the support of 52 percent of likely voters, compared to Trump’s 38 percent.
     Among all registered voters, not just likely voters, Clinton’s lead is 13 points, her largest advantage over Trump since September 2015.
     Voters were split over the impact of the tape of Trump describing kissing and touching women intimately without their permission. Fifty-two percent of survey participants said the tape should be an issue in the race, while 42 percent said it should not be an issue.
     Forty-one percent said Trump’s remarks were “completely unacceptable,” while another 31 percent said they were “inappropriate, but typical of how some men talk in private with other men.”
     In addition, the poll found the Democrats overall now have a seven-point advantage on the question of which party voters want to see in control of Congress.
     Forty-nine percent of voters said they’d like to see the Democrats in the majority on Capitol Hill, compared to 42 percent that prefer the GOP.
     That’s up from a three-point advantage the Democrats held in September.
     The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted October 8 and 9 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent for all registered voters, and 4.6 percent for likely voters.
     Trump also took a beating over the leaked 2005 audio in a Rasmussen poll released Monday.
     Rasmussen Reports’ latest national telephone and online survey of likely voters found that Clinton has jumped to a seven-point lead over Trump, 45 percent to 38 percent. As recently as Friday, the two had been in a statistical dead heat, Clinton garnering the support of 43 percent of likely voters, compared to Trump’s 42 percent.
     This marks Clinton’s highest voter total against Trump, and her biggest lead, in Rasmussen Reports polling stretching back to August 2015. It’s also Trump’s worst showing in nearly two months.
     The survey of 1,3000 likely voters has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percent

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