Donald Trump regains lead over Hillary Clinton after last presidential debate

October 22, 2016 6:51 am

Republican presidential nominee smiles during a campaign rally in Newtown, Pennsylvania, October 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has overtaken his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton following their last presidential debate, a new poll shows.
According to the Rasmussen survey released on Friday, two days after the fiery debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, Trump led Clinton 43 percent to 41 percent.
Following the two candidates were Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson with 5 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein with 3 percent.
The survey’s findings were a significant development for the Trump campaign, which had been struggling to keep up with the former secretary of state’s growing support among voters prior to the last face-off.
This was the first time, since the second debate, that Trump was topping Clinton in a poll. The candidate’s favorability rate had taken a hit over a 2005 video tape that showed him using obscene language against women.
The poll also found that 88 percent of the voters had determined their choice in the November election. Trump once again led Clinton in this category by a 1-percent margin, 48 percent to 47 percent.

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (Photo by AFP)

Trump was the most popular choice among the unsure voters, grabbing 38 percent support against Clinton’s 25 percent, the poll showed.
Interestingly, nearly 78 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats said they supported Trump. Clinton was supported by 77 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of Republicans.
‘Rigged’ election
Another major poll that was released on Friday was a Reuters/Ipsos survey regarding Trump’s claim that the vote is “rigged” against him and in Clinton’s favor.
With the election less than three weeks away, the real estate mogul insists that Clinton’s campaign team and the media are trying to rig the vote against him.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that nearly 70 percent of Republicans were certain that Clinton could only win the election through fraud. This is while only 50 percent of GOP voters said they would accept her presidency.
On the Democratic side, however, people looked more favorably on Trump’s possible election, with 70 percent of them saying they would accept it. Less than 50 percent of Democrats would blame vote rigging for a Trump presidency.
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