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

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips 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 ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble 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."