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Friday, February 23, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton leads rival Donald Trump by seven percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll taken as the Republican nominee fought off accusations of groping women.

The Oct. 7-13 poll released on Friday shows that 44 percent of likely voters support Clinton while 37 percent back Trump.

That was little changed from Tuesday when the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Trump trailing by eight points.

Two more women came forward on Friday with allegations that Trump had groped them, including a contestant on his reality show, “The Apprentice,” as the businessman said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a plot to discredit him only weeks from the election.

Trump‘s campaign for the Nov. 8 election has been scrambling to recover from the release a week ago of a 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances

Support for Clinton has been mostly rising in the seven-day tracking poll since the last week of August, when the candidates were drawing about the same level of support.

Since then, Clinton and Trump have faced each other in two heavily watched debates — contests that Americans believe Clinton won, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Former secretary of state Clinton also leads the field in a separate poll question that includes alternative-party candidates. Among likely voters, 44 percent back Clinton, 37 percent supportTrump, six percent favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and two percent support Jill Stein of the Green Party.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English in all 50 states. The most recent survey includes 2,889 people who are considered likely voters given their registration status, voting history and stated intention to vote. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of two percentage points.

National opinion polls have measured support for the candidates in different ways this year, yet most agree that Clinton is leading and that her advantage has strengthened as the election approaches. RealClearPolitics web site, which tracks most major opinion polls, shows Clinton ahead of Trump by an average of seven percentage points.

(Editing by Alistair Bell)

Photo: A combination photo shows Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) in Miami, Florida at their respective Super Tuesday primaries campaign events on March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette (L), Javier Galeano (R)

4 Responses to Poll: Clinton Leads By 7 Points As Trump Faces Groping Allegations

  1. LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

    All rapists, thieves, murderers, etc. will generally claim they are innocent, and will assert their innocence—it’s part of human nature. Does anyone in their right mind expect a narcissist to admit guilt?

    Trump is a danger to society and should undergo psychoanalysis to determine not whether he should be committed, but for how long.

    A serial groper should be allowed a choice of chemical sterilization or physical removal of an organ that has a mind of its own, as Donald is implying his organ does, since he claims innocence in the face of these allegations. Must have been sleep-walking while groping.

    In the meantime, his women supporters may as well hold up signs at rallies that read that rape is OK.

    • I agree. I shouldn’t feel like this but Trump treats so many people in such a dehumanizing manner that I can’t resist taking some measure of pleasure seeing Trump get what is coming to him. Most men would have served lengthy prison sentences for theft, fraud, sexual assault, rape, bribery, perjury, and illegal use of a charitable foundation if they had done all that Trump has done. Trump has used his money and celebrity to avoid the consequences of his despicable illegal acts.

      Trump bought newspaper space to lead the false attack on the “Central Park 5” stirring up racial hatred against the 4 young African-Americans and 1 young Latino. All were falsely convicted. Now that the true perpetrator has confessed and DNA evidence corroborates his confession and completely exonerates all 5 young men, Trump says they are guilty and should be back in prison. He seeks to stir up hatred against them in hopes one of his thugs will physically harm them. He is beyond salvation.

      While I am not wanting anyone to suffer the injustice that the “Central Park 5” suffered, I don’t want to see the injustice of Trump never being held to answer for his crimes to continue any longer either. Enough is enough. It’s time to LOCK HIM UP!

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