The FINANCIAL -- Hillary Clinton still holds a five-point lead over Donald Trump in Rasmussen Reports’ latest weekly White House Watch survey.
For the second straight week , Clinton draws 44% support to Trump’s 39% among Likely U.S. Voters, according to a new national telephone and online survey. Eleven percent (11%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Clinton and Trump were in a virtual tie until two weeks ago when Clinton edged ahead 42% to 38% after wrapping up the Democratic nomination. Trump's level of support hasn't changed in weeks despite criticism even from leaders of his own party for his strong anti-Muslim rhetoric following the massacre in Orlando, Florida, and reports of disarray within his campaign.
Two competing narratives have emerged in the wake of Orlando: President Obama, Clinton and most Democratic leaders say it highlights the need for increased gun control, while Trump and most prominent Republicans say it represents the growing threat of domestic Islamic terrorism. Among voters who think stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like the one in Orlando, Clinton earns 74% support. Trump gets 68% of the vote from those who don't see more gun control as a preventative measure.
Clinton now earns the support of 80% of her fellow Democrats, while Trump has the backing of 70% of Republicans. Both findings are down slightly from last week.
The two are in a near tie among voters not affiliated with either major party, but 31% of these voters still like someone else or are undecided.
Despite Trump’s record turnout in this year’s primaries, most Republicans are convinced that their party’s leaders don’t want him to be elected president. GOP voters are also far more likely than Democrats to say their party bosses are out of touch with the voter base.
Men still favor Trump 46% to 39%, while women prefer Clinton by 18 points, 49% to 31%.
Clinton also has a double-digit lead among voters under 40 and a six-point advantage among middle-aged adults. Senior citizens prefer Trump 52% to 37%.
The former first lady maintains an enormous lead among blacks and is ahead by 12 among other minority voters. Trump has a slight advantage among whites.
Government employees favor Clinton by 20 points. Among those who work in the private sector, she leads by four.
Both Clinton and Trump continue to battle high unfavorables among voters. But Democrats like their candidate more than Republicans do.
Democrats are also happier with Clinton’s response to the Orlando terrorist killings than Republicans are with Trump’s.
Still, voters in general tend to view the Orlando shootings as more of a terrorism issue than a gun control issue. Fewer voters than ever believe the United States today is safer than it was before 9/11.