Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump in both of our presidential polls this week. I'm Chris Kahn, Reuters Polling Editor and during the conventions last month we've seen bounces for both Trump and Clinton, but really the polling now has really stabilized. We see a consistent lead for Hillary Clinton for the past few weeks.
Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 8% points in our head to head race, the Clinton versus Trump race she leads him by 7% points when we include the alternative party candidates Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party and Jill Stein of the Green party. It's really important this time of year.
These numbers are not good for Donald Trump. This is really the time of year where people really start coalescing around a candidate, right before the debates is in 2012 when a lot of people said that they'd made their decisions on who to vote for. We expect some of that this year.
One thing to note though is 2016 is kind of a different year. There is a tremendous amount of dissatisfaction with the way the country is going. About two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Both candidates are relatively unpopular. We're seeing about a quarter of likely voters, these are people who expect to be there on election day.
They voted in the past, they say that they're gonna be in the voting booth. With almost 25% of voters really not picking either side, it really could swing the election either way.