Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had a good debate Sunday night in the nationally televised matchup with Hillary Clinton from Washington University in St. Louis.
So much so, that despite a tape catching the real estate mogul making lewd remarks against women, he is now leading in a major survey.
Trump’s upgraded debate performance seems to be reflected in the latest Rasmussen national poll, although the survey may not reflect the effects of the follow-up wave of media and Clinton machine attacks over alleged groping incidents from years ago, however.
According to Rasmussen, the billionaire businessman and first-time candidate leads career Democrat politician Hillary Clinton by a 43 percent to 41 percent. The organization compiled the data from 1,500 telephone and online respondents.
Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein clock in with 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
“Eighty-four percent (84%) now say they are certain how they will vote in this year’s presidential election, and among these voters, Trump posts a 49% to 46% lead over Clinton,” Rasmussen added.
A separate Rasmussen finding indicates that a majority of Republican voters think that GOP leaders hurt the party by criticizing Trump over the 2005 tape.
Politicians do what they have to do, that’s why they call it politics, but worried party insiders probably would be better off patterning themselves after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. who has said the following recently:
And I have consistently rejected [Trump’s] offensive rhetoric and behavior. I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything. I wish we had better choices for President. But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next President. And therefore my position has not changed.
Trump fired back strongly at the New York Times and other media outlets today in a West Palm Beach, Fla., speech responding to the latest round of accusations and vowed to take legal action against media outlets.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Clinton ahead nationally by about five points, but as the Conservative Treehouse points out about the unrelenting media barrage against Trump, “If Clinton was really winning by these margins the media sells, there would not be half of this effort.”
— Halberstram (@PerennialYuppie) October 13, 2016