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Trump leads Clinton in post-RNC poll, winning 16% of former Obama voters

(Carolyn Kaster via AP)

(Carolyn Kaster via AP)

Morning Consult’s new poll reveals that although media critics wrote off the success of the Republican National Convention, survey results prove otherwise.

The national poll, conducted from July 22 to 24, shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by 4 points, with Trump winning 40 percent of the vote, Clinton with 36 percent, and Libertarian Gary Johnson with 10 percent.

“Trump has been on a positive trend since the Department of Justice determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute Clinton for her use of a private email server for official business while serving in the Obama administration,” Cameron Easley and Kyle Dropp of Morning Consult reported.

In a head-to-head matchup, Donald Trump pulls ahead with 44 percent of the vote and Clinton with 40 percent. Trump is also winning 16 percent of those who voted for President Obama in 2012.

“Much of the shift can be attributed to a consolidation of the base among Republicans,” Morning Consult noted. “Eighty-five percent of Republicans in the new poll said they would vote for Trump, compared with just less than eight in 10 Republicans (79 percent) from the week before.”

Although Trump leads nationally, among millennial voters, 46 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds would vote for Clinton and 33 percent would vote for Trump in November.

Millennials still continue to doubt Trump as their next president, but after a week of hearing from Trump’s family members speaking on behalf of their father, survey results show the general public gave a more pleasant response to the Republican presidential nominee.

“More than four in 10 (43 percent) of voters said the convention gave them a more favorable impression of the Republican Party, whereas three in 10 (31 percent) said it gave them a less favorable view of the Democratic Party,” Morning Consult said.

With the convention a positive boost for Trump’s favorability, critics will be observing Clinton’s progress closely as the Democratic National Convention begins this week.

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