'Terrifying' New National Poll Shows Trump and Clinton Statistically Tied
Hillary Clinton continues to lose ground to Donald Trump in national polling, as the latest survey from Reuters/Ipsos shows the two candidates running neck-and-neck.
The poll released Wednesday found 41 percent of likely voters supported Democratic frontrunner Clinton, and 40 percent backed Trump, with 19 percent not decided on either yet. Clinton led Trump by around 13 points in the same poll just one week ago, and thus the results represent a big jump for Trump since GOP hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich withdrew from the race.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll did not present a match-up between Bernie Sanders and Trump, but recent surveys, including two released Tuesday, show the Vermont senator holding a more secure national lead against the former reality TV star and real estate mogul, and also doing better than Clinton against Trump in major swing states.
Still, The Hill reported Wednesday, Democrats appear to be “brushing off” such poll results.
“It’s May—and I’m pretty sure no general election was ever decided in May,” one Democratic strategist, who asked to remain anonymous, scoffed to The Hill.
“Folks shouldn’t read too much into these polls,” added Jim Manley, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “There is a long way between now and November, and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is highly radioactive when it comes to the general election.”
The Hill continued:
One person who isn’t underplaying the polling is Sanders himself. “After all the votes are cast and counted and this contest moves to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia,” he said after winning the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, “the delegates will decide which candidate is the strongest nominee to take on Donald Trump in November. All of the evidence indicates that I am that candidate.”
In an email to supporters on Wednesday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver called the recent poll numbers “terrifying.”
The email read in part:
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It’s a huge gamble, wrote University of New Hampshire professor Seth Abramson on Wednesday—and one with high stakes.
“The idea that Clinton is in a dead heat with Trump in the three most important battleground states at a time when Trump is the most unpopular major-party candidate in American history is horrifying to Democrats,” Abramson argued at the Huffington Post.
“And,” Abramson pointed out, “they may well be right.”
The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 1,289 people from Friday to Tuesday, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.