Clinton Still Leading Trump in Polls Despite FBI News
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to lead her Republican rival, Donald Trump, in the polls a week before Election Day, despite news that the FBI renewed its interest in her emails.
Clinton’s leads Trump by four percentage points, based on the average of the 10 most recent US presidential election polls taken over the past two weeks. But polls taken before and after the FBI revelations suggest Clinton’s lead may have narrowed slightly.
“No matter what they throw at us in these last days, we won’t back down, we won’t be distracted,” Clinton told supporters while she continued on the campaign trial, striking a defiant tone not unlike her opponent's following his recent string of sex scandals.
An NBC News poll showed Clinton’s lead as the largest with seven points, while most indicated her lead was between one and three percent. A Rasmussen poll showed the two candidates tied. An ABC News/Washington Post poll gave the lone result showing Trump leading by one point—a notable change from a poll taken by the same service shortly before the FBI news showed Clinton had a four-point lead.
The ABC poll was only one of two from the last two weeks listed in the Huffington Post’s polling database that were based on phone surveys. The rest were online polls, which are generally regarded as less reliable. But the online NBC poll showing a 7 percent lead for Clinton had an unusually large sample size of more than 40,000 respondents, whereas the rest had about 1,000.
The news that pollsters and observers suspected could sway the race came last week when FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to several U.S. Senators amending his prior testimony at a hearing about the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s emails, which was closed with no charges in July. In the letter, he noted that agents working on a separate case recovered emails that appear pertinent to the Clinton email probe, but cautioned that they may not be significant. Pundits noted that they might be redundant with emails agents previously recovered.
Trump, who had been on the defensive for weeks in the wake of a string of women accused him of sexual misconduct following a leaked audio tape in which he boasted his celebrity allowed him to fondle women with impunity, wasted no time in attacking Clinton.
“Look at the way Crooked Hillary is handling the e-mail case and the total mess she is in,” he tweeted. “She is unfit to be president. Bad judgement!”