Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points

Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican opponent Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, based on a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The Aug. 14-18 survey showed 42 percent of Americans supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. That compares with 34 percent support for Trump. Another 23 percent of likely voters would not decide either candidate.

Clinton has kept her edge following last month’s Republican and Democratic conventions, and has led TrumpĀ in the survey throughout most of the 2016 campaign.

The race was tighter with Democratic President Barack Obama ahead of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, at this point in the 2012 election .

Clinton also led Jill Stein of the Green Party and a different Reuters/Ipsos poll that asked individuals to choose between Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Some 41 percent supported 34 percent and Clinton supported Trump. Among substitute-party nominees, Johnson came in third with 7 percent and about 2 percent supported Stein.

In 2013 Trump and Clinton have both fought to inspire American voters. Based on the survey, neither candidate is viewed positively by most Americans, and two thirds of U.S. adults believe the nation is on the wrong trail.

Clinton continues to face questions about her treatment of classified e-mails while serving as Obama’s secretary of state, while Trump’s off the cuff remarks about Muslims, girls and immigrants have rankled members of his own party.