By Bonnie K. Goodman
After over six weeks, Republican nominee Donald Trump has regained the top of the national polls. The latest CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, gives Trump a two-point lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The new poll gives Trump his first national poll lead since his post-Republican National Convention bump.
In the new CNN poll, Trump has 45 percent support to Clinton’s 43 percent. Third-party candidates, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has 7 percent, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein only has 2 percent support.
Trump’s numbers are increasing because he is gaining support from independent voters, where he has 49 percent to Clinton’s 29 percent. Voters are also more confident about Trump’s ability to handle the economy then Clinton 56 to 41 percent and terrorism, 51 to 45 percent. Trump’s tough stance on immigration gives Clinton the edge on that issue, there 49 to 47 percent.
Since the Democratic National Convention, Clinton has led the national polls first by 8-10 percent after the convention, with an 8 point lead in the same CNN poll in the first week of August. Clinton at one point even led by 15 percent. In the past week, Clinton’s poll numbers have shrunk significantly with new revelations about possible abuse of power during her tenure as Secretary of State linking possible favors to Clinton Foundation donors at the State Department.
Additionally, on Friday, Sept. 2, the FBI released their report on their investigation into Clinton’s private email server and their notes on their interview with her. The report did not put Clinton in a favorable light, as forgetful and not very knowledgeable of the rules at the State Department. The report also indicated Clinton and her aides had not intended to preserve her emails and quickly erased her server after news reports of its existence emerged. After Labor Day, the last stretch begins to Election Day; now both candidates are at almost an even playing field.