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Politics

Poll: Trump Leads Clinton Nationwide After GOP Convention

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump received a hefty bounce in the polls after the Republican National Convention, putting him ahead of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump now leads Clinton 44 percent to 39 percent in a four-way matchup that includes Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to a CNN poll.

In a head-to-head matchup, with the two third-party candidates taken out of the equation, Trump's lead over Clinton is a bit smaller at 48 to 45 percent.

But third-party candidates are expected have a significant impact on the election because Trump and Clinton are two of the most unpopular candidates who have ever run for president on the major party tickets. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Johnson and Stein combined pulled 16 percent of voter support.

While Trump's overall poll numbers are up, his favorability rating is also higher than Clinton's.

According to the CNN poll, Trump has a 43 to 39 percent edge over Clinton. In the unfavorability rating race, Trump is only slightly less desirable than Clinton, with 52 percent of voters disliking him, compared to 55 percent of voters who dislike Clinton.

But the worst news for Clinton might be that her favorabilty rating is at its lowest point since 2006.

Since kicking off her campaign in April 2015, Clinton hasn't gone above a 50 percent favorability rating in the CNN polls. But she hadn't fallen below 40 percent either.

After the RNC convention, however, the so-called “bounce” usually given to a nominee in the polls after their party's convention has put Clinton under the 40 percent mark.

Trump also has more popularity in his own party than Clinton has in hers.

When asked if they would rather have Trump or another candidate as their party's nominee, 54 percent of Republicans said they choose the billionaire real estate mogul, while 45 percent said they preferred “someone else.”

On the Democratic side, 49 percent said Clinton was their first choice and 45 percent said they preferred Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

In his usual style, Trump boasted about the poll numbers on Twitter.

“Great POLL numbers are coming out all over,” he wrote. “People don't want another four years of Obama, and Crooked Hillary would be even worse.”