US Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has managed to widen her lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, opening up a double-digit gap after weeks of declining support, a new poll shows. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 46 percent of registered voters support a Clinton presidency, giving here an 11-point edge over Trump who was trailing Clinton by 35 percent. The surprising shift in support comes after Trump virtually tied Clinton in various polls conducted in mid-May, raising expectations for a tight race between the two likely contenders in November’s presidential election.
The rise in Clinton’s support is attributed by analysts to her escalation of attacks against the real estate mogul’s policies. In a fiery foreign policy speech in San Diego, California, on Thursday, the former secretary of state unleashed a blistering criticism of Trump, calling him an unstable person who is too “dangerous” and “unfit” to be president. “Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different — they are dangerously incoherent,” Clinton said. “They’re not even really ideas — just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.”