Following Trump release, Clinton surges in new poll

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after a recording of Donald Trump talking about groping women was released Friday — but before Sunday night’s presidential debate — has Hillary Clinton ahead by double digits among likely voters.

The poll had Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 35 percent in a four-way race. Libertarian Gary Johnson had the support of 9 percent of likely voters, while the Green Party’s Jill Stein had 2 percent.

In the same poll last month, Clinton led by 6 points.

In a head-to-head match-up, the margin between the two is even larger, with Clinton leading Trump 52 percent to 38 percent. That margin is double last month’s 7-point lead Clinton had over Trump in a one-on-one battle.

While the video clearly had an effect on Trump's support, the majority of Republicans think GOP lawmakers should stand with him. Just 9 percent believe GOP officials should withdraw their support and 14 percent think they should call on Trump to drop out of the race.

A USA TODAY analysis found that there are at least three dozen lawmakers who have pulled support from their party's nominee and some of them have called on Trump to step aside.

The poll included 447 likely voters surveyed  Oct. 8-9. It has a margin of error of 4.6 points for likely voters.


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