It’s America’s worst nightmare: Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
A new poll released today by Rasmussen Reports reveals that Trump beats Clinton 41 to 39 percent among likely U.S. voters.
This is a shift from the previous Rasmussen poll which had Trump and Clinton tied at 38 percent each.
In Rasmussen’s findings, Trump’s advantages are with the Democrats; according to The Hill, “Trump does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans in a matchup between the two candidates.”
There has been much conjecture that Clinton would crush Trump in a general election due to two voting blocs: women and Latinos. Thanks to Trump’s sexist and racist language, polls showed these groups would flock heavily to Clinton and leave Trump unable to win swing states.
This newest poll appears to disagree.
It is well worth noting that Rasmussen is not the most reliable pollster, so its findings should not be taken as seriously as another pollsters'.
The poll analytics website, FiveThirtyEight, rates Rasmussen at a C (which puts it below many other pollsters), and in a blog post by Nate Silver, the analyst noted that, “Rasmussen is most frequently accused of bias because their results are thought to lean toward Republican candidates.”
Still, the internet took the poll seriously, as “Trump 41%” began to trend on Twitter. Users pointed out that this demonstrates the weakness of Clinton as a general election candidate, particularly in comparison to Bernie Sanders, who consistently beats Trump in general election match-ups by double digits.
I hate the Democratic Party: Trump 41%, Clinton 39% https://t.co/SfCFSW22h1— Connor Kilpatrick (@ckilpatrick) May 2, 2016
Trump 41%. If you voted for #HillaryClinton It's your fault.— James Lawton (@jimbonier) May 2, 2016
It’s unclear at the moment whether this poll is an outlier or indicative of a pattern concerning Trump’s rising poll numbers against Clinton. Either way, it should serve as a wakeup call to the Democrats.
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