October 17, 2016
Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened a lead over Republican Donald Trump with just over three weeks remaining in the presidential campaign. In our most recent nation- wide poll, Clinton leads Trump 46-to-41 percent among likely voters, compared to 45-to-43 percent in mid-September. Trump has seen his support decline most among self-identified political Independents.
Most likely voters have read, seen, or heard about a video tape where Trump makes lewd comments about sex and women in 2005, as 83 percent of respondents surveyed said they had heard a great deal (60%) or a moderate amount (23%) about the tape. The presidential debates also appear to be having a negative impact on views toward Trump, with 41 percent of respondents saying their opinion of Trump has gotten worse since the debates began, compared to 25 percent saying the same about Clinton.
These results are based on a recent Franklin Pierce University / Boston Herald Poll conducted by RKM Research, October 9 – 13, 2016. The survey is based on responses from 1,011 randomly selected likely voters. Interviews were conducted by landline and cellular telephone. The maximum sampling margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.