US Presidential polls 2017: New polls give mixed signals

With just two weeks remaining for the U.S. presidential elections, Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump are making a final push to attract voters. The survey shows commanding advantages for Clinton heading into the final days of the campaign.

Independents favored Trump over Clinton by 13 points (41-28 percent).

"What Trump has done is to make it possible for people who had racist, sexist, and all kinds of prejudices and bigotry to put them right out there", Clinton said on the "Breakfast Club", a syndicated radio show based in New York City. In the Huffington Post average of polls Trump is trailing Clinton by six percentage points.

The Republican Party's two-year run in the majority of the US Senate is at serious risk and may well end on November 8, senior congressional aides said on Wednesday, blaming Donald Trump as a drag on down-ballot Republican candidates.

"And we know we are going to win this election because enthusiasm and momentum, the movement in the polls", Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on CBS This Morning.

"I'm not taking anything for granted", she said.

"What a great way to celebrate my birthday, being here in Tampa", said the former secretary of state, who turned 69 on Wednesday. The Democratic candidate is 45 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable, while Trump is 42 percent favorable and 56 percent unfavorable.

In the RCP national average, Clinton's lead has softened from 7.1 points on October 17 to 5.1 points now. Many of them are saying they won't accept a Clinton presidency. Eighty-one per cent of Republican voters has a favorable view of Pence, while just 68 per cent say the same of Trump. That's a change from his regular claim that he needs to "Make America Great Again". Fifty-five per cent now approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, up from 51 per cent in September.

That reflected a sharp decline in confidence from last month, when 58 percent of Republicans said they thought their party's nominee would win, versus 23 percent who expected Clinton to prevail.

Several Republicans in hard races leaped at Tuesday's rate hike, including Sen.

By contrast, Americans are divided evenly, 49-49, in their favorable versus unfavorable assessments of the Democratic Party.

In spite of the closeness of the race and the margin of error, the number of polls showing a similar distance between the candidates, with Trump in front, "is probably a telling us where this race really stands", Henson said.

On Friday, Mr. Obama will campaign for Mrs. Clinton in Florida - a state he won, albeit narrowly, in both the 2008 and 2012 races. The Virginia senator would lead Trump by 16 in a hypothetical matchup.

If the vice presidential nominees were atop the ticket, the poll shows an almost tied race. Clinton and Democrats had about 4,900 people on payroll in September, while Trump and Republicans had about 1,500.

Mr. Trump is trying to capitalize on voter dismay over new government data that shows premiums for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act will increase by an average of 25 per cent next year.

Clinton, meanwhile, dodged a question about whether she would meet one-on-one with Trump after the election.

The Republican candidate is trailing in most major opinion polls leaving supporters clinging to hopes of a political shock result like the European Union referendum result.

And a Kaine vs. Pence contest?

It was carried among 1,000 likely voters from October 20 to 24.

In a 2-way race Clinton leads Trump by 5 points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods and later interviewed online.

  • Larry Hoffman