Published: Fri, October 14, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Clinton's lead over Trump grows after P*ssy-gate, 2nd presidential debate

Clinton's lead over Trump grows after P*ssy-gate, 2nd presidential debate

Hillary Clinton has pressed Republicans to take a clear stand on Donald Trump as she tries to capitalise on party divisions since revelation of his predatory comments about women prompted party leaders to abandon him.

Only five people in the campaign knew the four women would appear with Trump before his second presidential debate with Clinton the following Sunday.

He described the remarks, which first surfaced on Friday, as "locker room" banter and apologised to Americans. "Donald Trump is different", Clinton said. Coming off that intense and ugly debate, in which each candidate attacked the other, Clinton tried to offer a balm to supporters gathered at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The whole episode reinforces long-standing voter concern with Trump's temperament and overall fitness to be president, and has increased the likelihood that mainstream media coverage will focus on Trump's difficulties rather than Clinton or Democrats in general.

"Clinton worked hard to get where she is", said the 86-year-old retired third-grade teacher. To her credit, Clinton was composed and classy throughout, even though Trump frequently came up unnecessarily close behind her.

Clinton's top aides have begun to worry that Trump's strategy may be effective, though, worrying that they will be able to turn the election into such a revolting slog that Democrats will decide to just sit out the race entirely.

One poll, by the Public Religion Research Institute on behalf of the Atlantic, showed a massive gender divide, with Trump leading Clinton with men by 11 percentage points, but Clinton winning with women by 33 points.

"When you're a star they let you do it", he is heard saying.

Some 61 per cent of those polled said that "lots of men" occasionally engage in similar conversations, and 46 per cent, a plurality, said it was unfair to judge someone on conversations "that they did not intend for anyone else to hear". Some Republicans never endorsed Trump, while many pulled their support following the release last week of a 2005 video where Trump was caught making lewd comments about women.

Asked if the Access Hollywood video that surfaced last Friday changed their opinion of Trump, about 14 percent said it did and almost 70 percent said it did not.

Polls conducted over the past month suggest Trump recently has lost a significant amount of support from two main groups. The billionaire has dropped two points and Clinton has inched up by three.

On Tuesday, Trump signaled that he was done playing nice with the Republican party after a series of high-profile defections last weekend. He accused the Justice Department of colluding with Clinton over the investigation into her use of private email while secretary of state.

That's down from a 12-point advantage for Trump in July.

He trailed Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, by 4 points in a Rasmussen Reports national survey, down from holding a 1-point lead in the same poll a week earlier. The poll spoke with 500 likely Utah voters and was conducted October 10-11 with a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

But we wondered last week what was going on after two highly respected pollsters found different results in OH - one by Quinnipiac University found Trump leading in OH, while the other by Monmouth University showed Clinton with a small lead.

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