Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 9 points

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9 points nationally according to a new Morning Consult poll released Monday morning.

Clinton leads Trump 46 percent to 37 percent among registered Republicans. Trump received 40 percent support before the Republican National Convention and 44 percent immediately after the convention in previous Morning Consult polls.

More independents support Clinton in the new poll with 34 percent of Independents saying they support the Democratic presidential nominee, up from 32 percent. Support from independents is still divided into thirds — one third support Clinton, one third support Trump, and another third are undecided.

The boost in Clinton’s poll numbers follows a rough week for the Republican nominee after he feuded with the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed during the Iraq War, and after he refused to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire).

Trump endorsed Ryan and the two vulnerable senators at a rally in Wisconsin.

The poll found that 60 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of Trump, up 3 points from a poll taken last week. Just 36 percent of voters have a favorable view of Trump. The poll also found that 55 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of her, while 42 percent have favorable view of her.

When third-party candidates are included, Clinton leads Trump 41 percent to 33 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson receives 9 percent support and Green Party nominee Jill Stein receives 5 percent support.

The poll of 2,001 registered voters was conducted August 4-5 and has a 2 percent margin of error.

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