Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump in the presidential campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published Monday.
According to the new survey, taken after a videotape of the Republican nominee making vulgar remarks surfaced, Mrs. Clinton jumped to an 11-point lead over Mr. Trump, 46% to 35%, among likely voters on a ballot including third-party candidates, up from 6 percentage points in September, when the split was 43% to 37% in a four-way contest.
During the second presidential debate Sunday, Trump said he had been engaging in “locker room talk’’ and pivoted to revive accusations of sexual misconduct by Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The recording, in which Mr. Trump bragged that his celebrity allowed him to grope and kiss women, prompted wide condemnation within his own party—and calls from some elected GOP officials for him to step aside in favor of another nominee.
However, the survey of 500 registered voters found that 38% believed that the comments had disqualified Mr. Trump for office and he should withdraw, with 42% disagreeing with the idea that he should exit the race.
The WSJ/NBC News poll revealed that women moving away from Donald Trump. Mrs. Clinton’s advantage among women increased to 21 percentage points, from 12 points in the September Journal/NBC Survey. Mr. Trump retained a small, single-point advantage among men.
According to the survey, Mrs. Clinton running stronger with her party base than Mr. Trump is with his. Some 72% of Republicans said they would vote for Mr. Trump, well below the 85% of Democrats backing Mrs. Clinton. That stands as a troubling sign for the GOP nominee. Th WSJ notes that there are usually fewer Republicans than Democrats in the presidential voter pool, and GOP nominees cannot afford to lose many members of their own party.
The embattled GOP presidential nominee has recovered from a string of controversies in the past, but the 2005 recording was the first to trigger mass defections by fellow Republicans. It’s not clear that Trump’s debate performance Sunday would help him to slow the exodus.