Donald Trump has now grown his lead over Hillary Clinton in Rasmussen Reports’ first weekly White House Watch survey.
Trump earns 42 percent support to Clinton’s 37 percent when 1,000 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 7 percent are undecided.
At the beginning of this month, Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, posted a statistically insignificant 41 percent to 39 percent lead over Clinton who is still expected to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Fifteen percent favored someone else, and 5 percent were undecided.
The latest findings were gathered the night before and the night after Trump’s announcement Wednesday of 11 conservative judges he would consider for the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, furthering his efforts to unify the party and end the #NeverTrump movement among some Republicans. Clinton on Tuesday eked out a primary win in Kentucky but lost the Oregon primary to Bernie Sanders as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination took a more chaotic turn.
Trump now gets 76 percent of the Republican vote, while Clinton has 72 percent Democratic support. Thirteen percent of Democrats prefer Trump, while 9 percent of GOP voters favor Clinton. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Trump leads 41 percent to 28 percent, but 31 percent of these voters either like another candidate or are undecided.