US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by six percentage points, according to a new poll. Nearly 41 percent of likely voters said they favored Clinton, while 35 percent expressed support for Trump, the Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
The bump in the numbers came a day after Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for the November election at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, delivered a keynote speech at the Democratic convention on Thursday night, as she became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. She criticized Trump throughout her nearly hour-long speech, and contrasted her policy agenda against that of her Republican opponent.
Clinton called Trump a threat to America, saying “a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”Trump criticized Clinton’s upbeat address at the convention, saying he was ready for a fierce battle with her in the race for the White House.
“I’m starting to agree with you, frankly, no more Mr. Nice Guy,” he told his supporters Friday at a campaign event in Colorado. A Gallup poll released earlier this month found that Trump and Clinton are among the worst-rated presidential candidates of the last 70 years.