GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump has taken the lead over his likely Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton according to a new national poll released by Rasmussen Reports. According to the survey, Trump leads the former Secretary of State by five points.
Rasmussen Reports writes:
Trump earns 42% support to Clinton’s 37% when Likely U.S. Voters are asked whom they would vote for if the presidential election were held today. But Rasmussen Reports’ latest national telephone survey finds that 13% prefer some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.
While Trump led Clinton in Rasmussen’s previous poll, this is the first time the billionaire’s lead is beyond the poll’s 3% margin of error.
In addition to Trump’s national lead over Clinton, Rasmussen finds that the ace up Clinton’s sleeve, namely her support amongst women, might not be as significant an advantage as is being reported. The New York real estate mogul more than makes up for his deficit amongst females with solid support amongst men.
While there is much talk of a gender gap in this race, Clinton appears to have a bigger problem with men than Trump does with women. Trump leads by 22 points among men, compared to Clinton’s 11-point advantage among women.
By comparison, former presidential contender Mitt Romney won amongst men by an 8-point margin in 2012, while President Obama had a 12-point advantage amongst women according to Gallup.