New Poll Finds Hillary Clinton Leading Donald Trump by 12 Points

Trump holds a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2Q192
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Hillary Clinton has jumped into a double-digit lead against rival Donald Trump, pushed largely by disapproval of the Republican candidate, according to ABC News’s inaugural 2016 election tracking poll.

The Democratic nominee now leads Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters.

Trump’s treatment of women and his refusal to say whether he will accept the results of the election have pushed likely voters away, the poll finds.

Likely voters by 69-24 percent said they disapprove of Trump’s response to questions about his treatment of women, following allegations of sexual misconduct by women in the last week.

A broad percentage of voters disapprove of Trump calling the election rigged, and, moreover, his reluctance to accept a Clinton victory. According to the poll, 59% of likely voters reject his suggestion that the election is rigged in Clinton’s favor and 65% disapprove of his refusal to say if he will accept the election results.

Clinton, now leading Trump 50 to 38 percent, has reached her highest support point to date, while Trump has reached his lowest, in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won 5% support in the new poll, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein is polling at 2%.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 points.

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