Clinton Plunges, Trump Surges in LA Times/USC Daily Tracking Poll

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An analysis of the trend of polling suggests the Hillary Clinton campaign has more problems than charges of “pay to play” corruption and serial dishonesty.

Clinton’s continuing health issues came to the forefront with her very public problems, including her dramatic collapse during her early departure from a 9-11 memorial this past Sunday. As has become standard for the Clinton campaign, answers to reasonable questions about her health have not been forthcoming nor have they been complete. The efforts taken to avoid disclosure of her health record is a sure sign that there is something being kept from the public for fear it could harm her election chances. However, the mere fact of this withholding serves the same end. Why not just disclose the complete story and end all the speculation?

The “basket of deplorables” statement completely undermines the Clinton campaign’s efforts to capitalize on any intemperate remarks made by Donald Trump. Candidates will make mistakes in the heat of the moment, yet in the case of the “deplorables” comment (repeated on two occasions), it came as a scripted part of Clinton’s speech, clearly vetted by her campaign in advance. Is this just more of a “divide and conquer” strategy? Apparently, as it was accompanied by references to Republicans as “racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist”, etc., etc., a dishonest divisive tactic that is getting very old and stale.

On the positive side for Trump, Carly Fiorina is encouraging voters to choose Trump over Clinton. Fiorina, who had pledged to support the eventual GOP nominee, is living up to her word. Fiorina’s support is an important boost to the Trump campaign.

As a consequence of Clinton’s campaign stumbles and a more even tone for the Trump campaign, the current analysis of poll numbers has to be bad news for Clinton’s campaign and encouraging news for the Trump campaign:

2016 election polling trend for Clinton and Trump

The curves above show for each date the difference between each candidate’s poll number for that date and the overall average between August 13 and September 14. The trend of the deviations from the average are also shown and indicate Trump has a strong upward trend while Clinton has a strong downward trend. These trends will be difficult to shift and give momentum in their respective directions for each candidate. Good news for Trump, very bad news for Clinton.

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