Clinton Leads Trump by Eight Points

Clinton Leads Trump by Eight PointsClinton Leads Trump by Eight Points

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Aug. 14-18 survey showed 42% of Americans supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. That compares with 34% support for Trump. Another 23% of likely voters would not pick either candidate.

Clinton has led Trump in the poll throughout most of the 2016 campaign and has maintained her advantage following last month's Republican and Democratic conventions. Since late July, support for the former secretary of state has ranged between 41% and 44% of likely voters, while Trump's support has varied between 33% and 39%.

The race was tighter at this point in the 2012 election, with Democratic President Barack Obama ahead of Republican nominee Mitt Romney by less than 2 percentage points.

Clinton also led a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that asked people to choose between Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party. Some 41% supported Clinton and 34% supported Trump. Among alternative-party candidates, Johnson came in third with 7% and about 2% supported Stein. Clinton and Trump have both struggled to inspire American voters this year. According to the poll, neither candidate is regarded favorably by most Americans and two-thirds of US adults believe the country is on the wrong track.

Clinton continues to face questions about her handling of classified emails while serving as Obama's secretary of state, while Trump's off-the-cuff remarks about immigrants, women and Muslims have rankled members of his own party.