Hillary Clinton’s Lead Over Trump Shrinks Post-Collapse

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Hillary Clinton assumed that she would absolutely dominate Donald Trump in this election. At first, she had a steady lead over him, but then she collapsed last Sunday while leaving the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Hours later, her team confirmed that she has indeed been suffering from pneumonia, causing many Americans to lose faith in her.

Now, the first polls after her collapse have been released, and though she still has a lead over Trump, it’s a VERY small one.

Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia hasn’t hurt her standing among voters likely to cast a ballot in 2016, as the former secretary of state has maintained her lead over Donald Trump in a four-way matchup.

Clinton is beating Trump 42 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, according to a Morning Consult poll conducted this week. She leads Trump among registered voters by 1 percentage point, 39 percent to 38 percent. Before the health scare — and near collapse in public — Clinton was up 41-39. The new poll suggests Clinton might be winning back voters from third-party candidate Gary Johnson, whose support has declined from 10 percent to 8 percent.

Still, the electorate is not terribly pleased with its choices in November. It might be the largest case of buyer’s remorse in recent American political history.

Forty-three percent of Republicans say Donald Trump was not the best pick to be the party’s nominee, while 41 percent of Democrats say the same of Hillary Clinton, a stunning level of regret in the electorate with 51 days until Election Day.

Half of Republicans say Trump was the party’s best pick, while 55 percent of Democrats say the same of Clinton.

The poll — which was done in concert with POLITICO Playbook — helps illustrate the bizarre mood in the electorate with more than one week until the first presidential debate.

If there’s any clear message from the electorate, it’s that many voters will be casting a protest vote in November. More than one-third of Clinton’s supporters say they are voting against Trump, and 44 percent of Trump’s voters say they’re voting against Clinton.

Still, 47 percent of those polled think Clinton will win in November, and 33 percent say Trump will win. The perception of a sure-fire Clinton victory is slipping. Last month, 53 percent thought Clinton would be the next president.

The survey polled 1,639 likely voters and 1,861 registered voters online, on Sept. 15 and 16.

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