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Donald Trump’s poll numbers are plummeting – and even the presumptive Republican nominee has acknowledged it.
In the latest RealClearPolitics average of several polls, Trump trails Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by 5.8 points. It’s a 6-point reversal from a month ago.
The fall in fortune comes after he trailed Clinton by 12 points in a Bloomberg poll released earlier this week. Polls from Reuters and CBS News showed Trump behind by 9 points and 6 points.
Trump has fallen behind Clinton in 12 consecutive polls posted to RealClearPolitics.
Less than a month ago, Trump’s future was looking brighter against Clinton in their general-election matchup.
As recently as May 25, Trump led Clinton in the RCP polling average by one-fifth of a point – the first instance of the Manhattan businessman leaping ahead of Clinton in the coveted polling average.
But as Trump has taken hits for his attacks on a federal judge over his Mexican heritage and a controversial response to last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, his poll numbers have taken a nosedive. At 38.3%, Trump’s average support in a one-on-one matchup against Clinton is the lowest it has been since August 15 – just two months after he launched his campaign.
The chart below shows just how dramatic the plummet of Trump’s poll numbers has been:
Trump, in phone interview before rally, made first concession that I’ve heard him make that he is not leading the polls
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 17, 2016