Hillary Clinton regains double-digit lead over Donald Trump, poll shows

Trump experienced a small boost after his promise to ban Muslim immigration after Orlando

Feliks Garcia
New York
Saturday 25 June 2016 19:59 BST
Oli Scarff/Getty
Oli Scarff/Getty

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has regained her double-digit lead over her expected Republican rival, Donald Trump, according to the latest Ipsos poll.

The poll shows that 46.6 per cent of US voters favour Ms Clinton; 33.3 per cent said they would choose Mr Trump in the general election. A little more than 20 per cent said they would not vote for either candidate.

Reuters says that the 70-year-old New York business tycoon saw a slight bump following the 12 June mass shooting in Orlando, when he again vowed to cut Muslim immigration into the US, cutting Ms Clinton’s lead down to nine points.

The poll comes after a troublesome week for the Trump campaign, which was revealed to only have a campaign budget of $1.3m (£950,000) at the beginning of June. FEC filings also revealed that the campaign had paid many of Mr Trump’s own businesses - prompting accusations that the businessman was profiting from his own candidacy.

“He could end up turning a profit if he repaid himself for the campaign loans,” Paul S Ryan, a campaign finance expert from the Campaign Legal Center, told the New York Times. “He could get all his money back plus the profit margin for what his campaign has paid himself for goods and services.”

In yet another sign of disarray this week, Mr Trump also announced the firing of his controversial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Mr Lewandowski became the object of intense scrutiny after a female Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields, accused him of assaulting her when she approached the candidate during a March campaign event.

The Ipsos poll, taken 20 June - 21 June did not yet capture voters’ response to Mr Trump’s trip to Scotland to oversee the opening of two golf courses the day UK voters decided to leave the European Union. Many reporters chalked the visit up to Mr Trump’s “right place/right time” good luck as he delivered his response to the success of the Brexit vote.

Mr Trump celebrated the victory of the Leave campaign, commenting that voters decided to take “back their country”.

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