A new poll shows that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has taken a two-percentage point lead over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential race.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, the New York businessman has 39 percent of the votes as compared to Clinton’s 37 percent of support, marking the first time he has been ahead since early May.
Trump made the gains after accepting the Republican Party’s nomination during the four-day convention in Cleveland last week and before Clinton’s nomination in Philadelphia this week.
The poll was carried out between July 22 and 26 with a credibility interval of four percentage points.
The former secretary of state has solidly been trailed by Trump in the poll throughout most of the 2016 presidential race, however, only on May 9, the Republican presidential nominee briefly pulled even with Clinton with a 0.3 percentage point lead.
Earlier this month, Gallup released a poll indicating that Trump and Clinton were currently among the worst-rated presidential candidates of the last 70 years.
When Americans were asked what comes to mind when they think of Clinton, 27 percent said they did not trust her, 13 percent said they did not like her and eight percent said she is a “criminal” or “corrupt.”
The latest responses reflect that many Americans continue to see Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy and dislike her in general.
Trump also evoked a variety of negative reactions about his personality. Sixteen percent said they disliked him, while 12 percent described him as an “idiot” or a “joke” and 10 percent as a “racist” or a “bigot.”
This is while, in a different poll by the Landmark/Rosetta Stone, Trump led Clinton by one percentage point in the US state of Georgia, where 45.5 percent of African-Americans voted in favor of the New York businessman and 44.2 percent backed his rival.