GfK Poll: Clinton has commanding advantages over Trump

A new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds that Clinton has grabbed significant advantages over her Republican rival with just 12 days left before Election Day. And 34 per cent say the debates made them more likely to vote for Clinton, while just 18 per cent say they're more likely to support Trump. Trump trails Clinton by 13 points in a head-to-head contest, and 14 points when third-party candidates are included.

Troubles with President Barack Obama's signature health care law have given Trump a late opening to warn voters against putting another Democrat in the White House. The Virginia senator would lead Trump by 16 in a hypothetical matchup.

If the vice-presidential nominees were atop the ticket, the poll shows a almost tied race.

Trump has also repeated inaccurate claims that vote fraud is a widespread problem, and the poll finds that most of Trump's supporters share that concern.

"Pence is sane", said poll respondent William Goldstein, a 71-year-old from Long Island, New York, who voted for Mitt Romney four years ago. "He certainly would give me a reason not to vote for Hillary". While the moment of bipartisanship is often short-lived, the public appearance sends an important signal to the country that both parties are ready to accept the will of the voters and move forward. It doesn't really matter who they are, or how much you may like or dislike them-they're not going to get elected anyway.

More than 8 in 10 Democrats have a favorable view of Clinton.

A new Bloomberg Politics poll finds Trump ahead of Clinton, 45% to 43% - well within the poll's 3.2 percentage point margin of error - in a four-way race among likely voters.

However, the Trump campaign has maintained that there is a "silent" vote in support of the mogul - and that their candidate has uniquely been able to attract Democratic voters. Seventy-four per cent of likely voters say they think she will be the victor, up from 63 per cent in September.

With voting already underway in 37 states, Trump's opportunities to overtake Clinton are quickly evaporating - and voters appear to know it.

The registered Republican says he simply can't support either presidential candidate at this point.

"She speaks very badly of Putin, and I don't think that's smart", he said.

Running mate Mike Pence said Friday it's up to Trump to decide if he wants to increase his personal giving.

He stopped making those solicitations through most of October, according to Tom Sather, senior director of research at the email data solutions firm Return Path.

"There's something nice about that", Trump said of his personal campaign contributions - quickly adding that it wouldn't be so nice if he lost the election after spending so much.

The AP-GfK Poll of 1,546 adults, including 1,212 likely voters, was conducted online October 20-24, using a sample drawn from GfK's probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is created to be representative of the USA population.

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