Americans split between choice of Trump or Clinton: Poll

Washington, May 18 (IANS) US voters are split between the choice of Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup of the general election in November, a new poll said on Tuesday.

Quoting the NBC News/SurveyMonkey online tracking poll, Xinhua said that Clinton’s margin over Trump narrows from five points last week to three points this week to 48 percent to 45 percent.

While Clinton holds an overwhelming lead among African-American and Hispanic voters, with 75 points gap and 37 points gap respectively, Trump is the preferred candidate among white voters by 14 points over Clinton, said the poll.

As in past general elections, independent voters are expected to hold sway in this November. At this moment, the poll showed that Trump leads Clinton by eight points among independent voters, 44 percent to 36 percent.

The poll was conducted online on May 9 through May 15. A total of 14,100 adults, including 12,507 who say they are registered voters, were interviewed. The margin of error was 1.2 points.

Republicans trust Donald Trump more than Paul Ryan: poll

Washington, May 18 (IANS) A new poll found on Tuesday that rank-and-file Republicans differ from party elites who see House Speaker Paul Ryan as the GOP leader.

Nearly six in 10 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say they trust Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, over Ryan to lead the GOP, Xinhua quoted NBC/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll released on Tuesday.

Nearly four in 10 trust the speaker more, said the poll.

Asked about response to the poll result at a news conference here, Ryan said he had no issue with the result.

“I hope it’s Donald Trump. He’s getting the nomination,” said Ryan.

The poll came just days after Ryan and Trump held their first formal meeting since the New York billionaire developer became the GOP’s presumptive nominee.

So far, Ryan, GOP’s highest-ranking officeholder, had still withheld a formal endorsement of Trump, insisting that he would not “fake” GOP unity after a chaotic and divisive primary season.

Trump first drew widespread criticism last June when he said in his presidential announcement speech that Mexico was sending “rapists” and drug dealers to the US. Since that, he had repeatedly vowed, if elected president, to deport about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

In another outburst of emotional remarks, Trump called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the US in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015.

Since then, the targets of Trump’s insults expanded to include women, African-American protesters, family members of rivals, etc.

According to a list compiled by The New York Times, Trump had insulted on Twitter 210 individuals, places and things since declaring his presidential candidacy last June.

The Times list did not include targets of Trump’s insults broadcasted on cable.

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