Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid got a boost from Donald Trump this week, an assessment widely shared even among Republicans, including some who recently hopped aboard the vote-Clinton bandwagon.
With Trump’s national poll numbers slipping behind Clinton, and the GOP nominee compelled to explain his most recent eyebrow-raising assertions that Clinton is a “co-founder” of the ISIS terror group, the Democratic nominee skipped past her own vulnerabilities and turned up the heat on her adversary.
Trump sparked a multi-day political firestorm over his veiled remark at a rally that to some listeners suggested he invited Second Amendment supporters to stop Clinton from appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court, perhaps through violence. Trump later said he meant that gun-rights supporters wield political clout.
During a Detroit speech Thursday that compared Trump’s economic proposals to her own, Clinton sought to be the antithesis of flashy with her familiar embrace of better national roads and bridges (and the construction jobs created), along with what she called her “serious, steady leadership.”
While Trump was busy digging himself out of rhetorical ditches, Clinton was presenting herself to independent and moderate GOP voters as a sort of hard-hat problem solver intent on filling America’s proverbial potholes.
|RCP Average||8/1 – 8/11||—||—||47.5||41.2||Clinton +6.3|
|Bloomberg||8/5 – 8/8||749 LV||3.6||50||44||Clinton +6|
|LA Times/USC||8/5 – 8/11||2216 LV||—||44||43||Clinton +1|
|Reuters/Ipsos||8/6 – 8/10||974 LV||3.5||42||36||Clinton +6|
|Economist/YouGov||8/6 – 8/9||911 RV||4.2||48||41||Clinton +7|
|NBC News/SM||8/1 – 8/7||11480 RV||1.2||51||41||Clinton +10|
|ABC News/Wash Post||8/1 – 8/4||815 RV||4.0||50||42||Clinton +8|