With less than one month before the Republican National Convention, presumptive nominee Donald Trump continues to struggle against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in numerous swing states.
In a slew of new polls, Trump trails Hillary Clinton by double digits in the all important swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York, and by nine points in Ohio and seven points in Virginia.
Of the seven states polled by Ballotpedia, Clinton’s lead was smallest in Iowa, where registered voters who responded to the poll preferred her by just four points. The former secretary of state’s largest lead came in Michigan, a traditionally Democratic-leaning state where Trump has said he could compete in November. Clinton leads the Manhattan billionaire there by 17 points, 50 percent to 33 percent.
Clinton maintained her advantage when respondents were offered a third option, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, although her leads shifted slightly. In a three-way race, Clinton’s lead among those polled dropped to just three points in Iowa and six points in North Carolina. But Johnson’s introduction as an option actually grew the former secretary of state’s lead to 15 points and eight points in Pennsylvania and Virginia, respectively.
Ballotpedia also polled Clinton in presidential matchups against two other prominent Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, even though Trump has been the GOP’s presumptive nominee since early May and both men have disavowed interest in running. Kasich polled well against the former secretary of state, besting her in five states: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Ryan polled better than Clinton in three states: Iowa, Ohio and Virginia.
The Ballotpedia poll was conducted among active registered voters via land lines and cell phones from June 10-22, much longer than the usual 3-5 days for a statewide poll. Interviewers reached 596 respondents in Florida, 601 in Iowa, 612 in Michigan, 603 in North Carolina and 601 in Pennsylvania, all with a margin of error of plus-or-minus four points. The poll also reached 617 registered voters in Ohio and 612 in Virginia, each with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.9 points.
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