Well, the fall might be even longer than we expected.
This morning, The New York Times reported the results of a new poll that shows the 2016 president election significantly closer than many expected: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump actually appears to be tied with his democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
The Times report suggests that Clinton’s on-going email scandal was the catalyst for her slide in the polls. The poll reveals that 67 percent of voters think Clinton is “not honest and trustworthy.” According to the Times, that’s a 5 percent increase from a CBS News poll from last month (before the FBI released findings from the Clinton investigation). Whatever factors are playing into Clinton’s lessening support, this much is clear: Her polling lead over Trump is gone. As of this morning, the two candidates are tied, with each projected to receive about 40 percent of the vote in a general election.
Of course, one poll isn’t a prophecy. And we’ve got a long time (politically speaking) before anyone casts a vote. But if this new data is an indication, we’re in for a much closer presidential race than some experts thought.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury