Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been given a boost by a new poll showing the presumptive Republican nominee winning November’s general election against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
An ABC News/ Washington Post poll published on Sunday shows Trump with a two percent advantage over Clinton with registered voters in a hypothetical general election matchup.
According to Langer Research, Trump’s “enhanced competitiveness reflects consolidation in his support since his primary opponents dropped out.”
The latest @ABCPolitics/WP poll:
Hillary 44 pic.twitter.com/Bl1C6HkIuF
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) May 22, 2016
This is a big turn of events for Clinton, who was found to be nine percent ahead of Trump in March’s poll. A CNN poll conducted at the beginning of May gave the former Secretary of State an even greater lead of thirteen percent.
Trump leading Clinton in the new national poll. Not good. DNC really should weigh their options to defeat Trump carefully.
— Chris Walsh (@WarofTheWalshy) May 22, 2016
The ABC/Wash-Post poll with Trump-Clinton at 46-44 this: 20% of people who support Sanders would vote Trump over Clinton. Jesus.
— Jeff Kurr (@jkurr) May 22, 2016
While positive news for the Trump campaign, it is tarnished by the fact that such a slim advantage falls within the 3.5 point margin of error.
However, this is now the fifth poll since the end of the April to put the billionaire ahead of, or tied with, Clinton.
— publius (@yakendo) May 22, 2016
The findings are also echoed in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published on Sunday which shows that Clinton’s 11 percent lead over Trump has narrowed to a mere 3 percent, 46 to 43.
This is in stark contrast to a potential battle between Bernie Sanders and Trump, which found the former with a 15 point margin, 54-39 percent.
Adios to the "But Trump can't possibly beat Hillary" talking point.
Hola to the "Well, I'd still rather HRC pick."https://t.co/Gg2afPqA0R
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 22, 2016
The ABC/Washington Post poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans think Trump is “unqualified to be president,” while 76 percent believe he “doesn’t show enough respect for those he disagrees with.”
While Clinton supporters may find some solace in this, it won’t come as welcome news that the presumptive Democratic nominee has something in common with her Republican archrival. When Clinton’s “unfavorable” rating is combined with Trump’s, the two, together, are the most unpopular likely candidates for a presidential election since the ABC/Post election polls began. Hillary is disliked by 53 percent of Americans, while 60 percent disapprove of The Donald.
On the other hand, Bernie Sanders was found to be “unfavorable” by only 38 percent.
Me watching Hillary Clinton's poll leads vs Donald Trump slip when she hasn't even been deposed by the FBI yet… pic.twitter.com/TXkbgk0kWG
— Stanley Njuguna (@StanNjuguna19) May 22, 2016
However, when respondents were asked who they expect to win, regardless of whom they support, Clinton has a ten percent advantage over Trump – 50 to 40.
Maybe Clinton blasts ahead again when Sanders is out. But if not, how many months of a Trump poll lead will it take to accept it this time?
— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) May 22, 2016
One aspect of the findings that may leave Democrats particularly worried is that Trump has a 13 percent advantage over Clinton among independents.
This is a reversal from the March findings, which showed Clinton leading by 9 among the grouping.
In a tight race, independents could decide who is elected as 45th president of the US in November, and if Trump can hold onto this lead, the Republicans may just take back the Oval Office.
Trump is now beating Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election poll. VOTE BERNIE.
— jesus (@gowiththedoctor) May 22, 2016
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was based on a sample of 1,005 people from across the country, including 829 registered voters, all of whom were surveyed between May 16 and 19.
The WSJ/NBC News poll was conducted between May 15 and 19 with a sample of 1,000 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.