Clinton leads Trump nationally, in key battleground
After the conclusion of the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton is opening up her lead over Donald Trump by significant margins nationwide and in key battleground states, according to a new set of polls out Thursday.
In a national Fox News poll, Clinton has a 10-point advantage over Trump, 49 percent to 39 percent — a jump from her six-point lead over the GOP nominee last month. Sixty-five percent of voters say Clinton is qualified to be president, compared to just 43 percent that believe the same of Trump.
In New Hampshire, a WBUR poll shows Clinton with a 15-point advantage over Trump, 47 percent to the GOP nominee’s 32 percent. If Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green party candidate Jill Stein are taken out of the picture, Clinton’s lead widens to 17 points. Democrats seem to be unifying behind Clinton, with at least 86 percent of the party saying they would support their candidate. Trump, meanwhile, only has the support of 63 percent of registered Republicans.
Clinton’s unfavorable ratings have also dropped, from 58 percent to 45 percent, with a corresponding 10 percent bump in her favorability. Forty-eight percent of likely New Hampshire voters believe Clinton is qualified to be president, while less than a third believe the same of Trump.
The Senate race also shows a Democratic lead, with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan leading by 10 points in her race against incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
In Colorado, meanwhile, a Real Clear Politics average shows Clinton up by eight points, with 45 percent of support compared to Trump’s 37 percent.
The Fox News poll surveyed 1,022 registered voters nationwide and was conducted from July 31 to August 2. The poll has a margin of three percentage points. The WBUR poll surveyed 609 likely voters in the 2016 General Election in New Hampshire from July 29 to August 1, 2016. The margin of error is four percentage points.