Trump defends poll performance: 'I haven't started yet'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE, who often boasts about leading in the polls at his campaign rallies, acknowledged he has seen drops in support lately, but insists he still has time to turn things around before the general election. 

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"I'm four down in one poll, three and a half in another that just came out, and I haven't started yet," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said to The New York Times. 

Likely general election rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has bested Trump in every national poll throughout June, topping him by 3 to 12 percentage points, depending on the survey.

A Reuters poll released Thursday gave Clinton a 9-point advantage over Trump.

In a RealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton leads Trump by 5.8 percentage points.

Trump also dismissed concerns from some Republicans that his sitting at the top of the ballot will hurt their election bids in November.

"I have tremendous Republican support," Trump said. "Unfortunately, they never talk about that. They talk about the few rebels." 

The billionaire said he isn't to blame for senators who are lagging in polls, suggesting they had troubles before he became the standard-bearer. 

"I think I'm going to help," he said. "If they lose, they'll pin it on Donald Trump. But I don't let that happen easily."