Washington, Aug 5: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has gained a whopping 15 per cent national lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a latest poll.

Due to the recent gaffes made by Trump after the conclusion of two back-to-back conventions last week, Clinton now has the support of 48 percent of the potential voters as against Trump’s 33 percent, a new McClatchy-Marist poll said.

The poll conducted by Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York said last month Clinton’s lead was 42-39 advantage over Trump. This is coming off the Democratic convention, where a bounce is expected, Lee Miringoff, director of the institute said.

In another poll released by The Wall Street Journal/NBC News, Clinton was shown at a lead of nine points over Trump. In the previous NBC News/The Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton had an advantage of five percentage points over Trump.

According to the latest poll, Clinton enjoys a significant advantage among women (51 percent to Trump’s 35 percent), African Americans (91 percent to 1 percent), all non-white voters (69 percent to 17 percent), young voters (46 percent to 34 percent), and white voters with a college degree (47 percent to 40 percent). Trump leads among white voters (45 percent to Clinton’s 40 percent), seniors (46 percent to 43 percent), independents (36 percent to 32 percent) and white voters without a college degree (49 percent to 36 percent).

The two candidates are running close among men at 43 percent for Clinton and 42 percent for Trump, the poll said. According to RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major national polls, Clinton’s average lead over Trump now stands at 6.8 percentage points.

‘Becoming clear every day Trump not qualified to be president’

With her popularity soaring high, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today said that with every passing day it is becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump, her Republican rival, is not qualified to be the US president. The bottom line, which I think is becoming clearer everyday, is that Donald Trump is not qualified to be President, and he is temperamentally unfit to be Commander-in-Chief, 68-year-old Clinton said at an election rally in Las Vegas.

Anyone you can provoke with a tweet should not be anywhere near nuclear weapons, said Clinton, who according to a latest poll is leading Trump by 15 percentage points. We cannot take anything, anybody, or anyplace for granted. We have work to do. And I need your help, I need you to be part of this campaign, she said, asking her supporters not to be overconfident.

Clinton said she has been hearing stories from so many people who did work for Trump and one of his buildings, and then he wouldn’t pay them. I went to Atlantic City, and I met a number of small businesses, as well as workers, plumbers and painters, glass installers, marble installers. At one of his resorts, they finished the work, the man who sold him the pianos and installed the pianos, they finished the work, and they submitted their bill, he said. And the people working with Trump would say, No, we’re not going to pay you. Not because he couldn’t, but because he wouldn’t, she alleged. And then he comes back and he says, Well, maybe I’ll give you 50 cents or 30 cents on the dollar. Now, I’ve got to tell you, I take this really personally, she said.

My father was a small businessman, and he printed fabric for drapes. That’s what he did. He had a print plant. It was a low-ceiling, dark place with two long tables and you’d roll the fabric out on it, then you would take a silk screen and you’d put it down, you’d pour the paint in, you’d take the squeegee, you’d go from left to right, then you’d lift it up and you would do it again, all the way down that table, the next table, until you finished doing it, Clinton said. And then my dad would load the fabric up in his car and he would drive it to whoever had ordered it. I can’t image if he had shown up at some place that Trump owned and they said, ‘well, thanks a lot but we are not paying you’, said the former Secretary of State.

Trump, she alleged, refused to pay nearly USD 400,000 to a local Nevada drapery company which had to close its factory. So I do, I take it personally. Small business is the backbone of our economy. That’s where most of the jobs come from. We should be honoring people who take the risk and put in the hard work and the sweat to build their small businesses, she said. --PTI