Donald Trump’s support surges after GOP nomination: Poll

July 23, 2016 2:30 am

Republican presidential candidate
looks on during the Republican National Convention, in
Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. (AFP photo)

Republican presidential
nominee Donald Trump is enjoying a boost in nationwide support after the
Republican National Convention (RNC), reaching a near tie situation
with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a new poll shows.

The
Reuters poll released on Friday found that Trump was now 3 percentage
points behind the former first lady in terms of national support,
chasing her 41-38 percent.
Nevertheless, the poll marked a big
jump ahead for the New York businessman, as he managed to cut Clinton’s
lead by 9 points. Trump trailed Clinton by 12 points in last week’s
Reuters poll.
The real estate mogul formally accepted the
Republican Party’s nomination for the US president on Thursday, after
winning enough delegates for the position the day before.
The
poll’s findings fall along the same lines as a NBC /Survey Monkey
Weekly Election Tracking poll released on Tuesday, which put Trump
within one point of Clinton, 46 percent to 45 percent.
‘Clinton will win’
Also
on Friday, an economic election model called Moody’s Analytics
predicted that Clinton will easily win the White House battle.
According
to the model, Clinton is slated to win the vote with 326 electoral
votes against Trump’s 212. A candidate only needs 270 electoral votes to
enter the White House, even if the majority of voters opt for the
rivaling nominee.

US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (AFP photo)In Moody’s model, Electoral College votes are awarded parties based on state-by-state outcomes.
The
model has correctly predicted the winner of every election since its
debut in 1980, and has projected a Democratic victory since the release
of its first run in July 2015.
To predict the winner, the model
takes into account economic variables such as state level income growth,
home and gasoline prices on, as well as presidential approval numbers.

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