The election campaigns in the United States of America has heated up and the two presumptive nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are on each other’s neck.
The battle line between the two has been drawn and their points have been changing hands time and again.
It was once Hillary who was putting Trump under pressure, but now Trump has a sigh of relief after taking over from his rival.
Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.
That’s good news for Trump. Some wondered if the Republican National Convention last week might not give the Republican nominee the post-convention polling bump most presidential candidates get but it’s looking like it did.
The new findings mark Mr Trump’s best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll against Ms Clinton since September 2015.
Mr Trump’s new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43 per cent of whom said that Mr Trump’s convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41 per cent were dissuaded.
But polls can be deceiving. Polling tends to go haywire during the conventions every four years. The primaries have ended, the parties are consolidating, vice presidential candidates are picked, and one party tends to get a nonstop focus of media attention.
Former President Bill Clinton is due to laud the abilities of his wife in a speech on Tuesday followed by a glowing endorsement from President Barack Obama on Wednesday setting out how she would secure his legacy.