It’s the end of the work week and Reuters/Ipsos has some pretty bad news for the Trump campaign. From Reuters:
The June 20-24 poll showed that 46.6 percent of likely American voters supported Clinton while 33.3 percent supported Trump. Another 20.1 percent said they would support neither candidate.
Trump had enjoyed a brief boost in support following the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as he doubled down on his pledge to ban Muslims from entering the country, cutting Clinton’s lead to nine points…
Clinton’s 13.3 percentage point lead is about the same as she had before the Orlando attack.
So it seems whatever boost Trump got from people concerned about terrorism after the Orlando attack is gone, at least according to this poll. It’s fair to wonder how much of that decline is the result of people no longer being concerned and how much the result of the push by progressives to categorize this as something other than a terrorist attack.
Polling shows a majority of Democrats see the killing as an incident of gun violence rather than of terrorism. The Democrats focus on gun control, including a sit-in on the House floor this week, certainly reinforces that alternative narrative.
In addition there have been claims the shooter was not motivated by radical Islam at all but by some personal issue with his hatred of gays or his own sexuality. The FBI poured cold water on those claims yesterday but the idea that this wasn’t really (or perhaps not primarily) a terrorist attack seems to linger in many minds.
The Real Clear Politics average of polls, which doesn’t yet include this result, shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by 5.9 points.