A drastic change in the polls has shown up late in the race for president in 2016.
October in an election year comes with many surprises. Donald Trump’s bragging about sexual assault and the FBI director’s break with all protocol in an attempt to smear Hillary Clinton have both come in October, and a new poll by ABC News and The Washington Post can be counted as surprise number three.
After enjoying a massive lead throughout October, a lead large enough to look like an unprecedented landslide, Hillary Clinton is now virtually tied with Donald Trump in the race for president.
According to those likely voters polled:
‘About a third of likely voters say they’re less likely to support Clinton given FBI Director James Comey’s disclosure Friday that the bureau is investigating more emails related to its probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Given other considerations, 63 percent say it makes no difference.’
Although a majority of voters understand that the false flag raised in a partisan play to derail the Democratic nominee’s campaign for the presidency by FBI Director James Comey “makes no difference,” the poll shows that his move has definitely had an impact.
In the same poll conducted just one week ago, Clinton led Trump by a whopping 12 points, 50 percent to 38 percent. The difference that a week has made is stunning.
In the most recent poll, likely voters agreed that Clinton is much more qualified to lead the country at 54 percent to 36 percent. Voters also see Hillary Clinton as having a “stronger moral character” at 46 percent to 38 percent. In a closer matchup, although still telling, voters believe that Hillary Clinton has a better understanding of the issues they face in their everyday lives at 46 percent to 43 percent.
Despite all of this, Trump’s numbers are rising after Comey’s disgusting move to discredit Clinton with emails that were neither sent to or by her, playing on the American public’s already highly-tuned fears related to Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Although Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice, both former secretaries of state who served under Republican presidents, have openly admitted that they made similar moves, distrust of the Democratic nominee continues to be stoked by Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP.
Unfortunately, it seems to be working.