- REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Donald Trump took an edge over Hillary Clinton in a set of new polls Monday, receiving an expected bump after the Republican National Convention.
A CNN/ORC poll put the Republican presidential nominee at 48% support and his Democratic rival at 45% in a head-to-head contest. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.
But Trump’s lead widened in a four-way matchup that included Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party (with 9% of the vote) and Jill Stein of the Green Party (with 3%) – he came out at 44% to Clinton’s 39%.
That is Trump’s best showing against Clinton in CNN’s poll since September.
A new Morning Consult poll also showed Trump defeating Clinton, with 44% of the vote compared with Clinton’s 40%.
Another poll conducted after the convention, from CBS News, showed Trump with a 1-point lead over Clinton. That poll’s margin of error was 4 points.
Trump also led Clinton by a fifth of a point in the RealClearPolitics average, only the second time this election cycle in which he had overtaken Clinton in the website’s collection of polls.
The polls were conducted after Trump was officially named the Republican nominee for president at the party’s convention in Cleveland last week.
Trump was generally well received at the convention. Many Republicans at the event rallied around Trump when Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas showed up to speak but did not endorse the brash billionaire, and Trump’s Thursday-night speech received generally positive reviews among Republicans.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka was a big hit among convention attendees, who were impressed by her speech that characterized her father as a champion of women.
The Democrats hold their convention this week in Philadelphia, where Clinton is expected to be officially named the party’s nominee for president.