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Clinton holds double-digit lead over Trump in national poll

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Hillary Clinton has an 11-point lead over Donald Trump, according to a PRRI/The Atlantic poll released Tuesday.

{mosads}Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is now favored by 49 percent of likely voters, while Trump, the Republican nominee, is backed by 38 percent.

The poll shows Clinton increasing her lead over Trump. A poll conducted two weeks ago showed both major-party nominees tied among likely voters at 43 percent.

A portion of the poll was conducted after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump is heard making lewd comments about women. In the tape, the GOP nominee describes how he can grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status. The tape’s release has led to fallout among some Republicans, who say they can no longer support their party’s nominee.

The new poll finds Clinton has a commanding lead, 61 percent to 28 percent, over Trump among women.  

But Trump holds a lead among men, 48 percent to 37 percent.

Trump also leads among white voters, 45 percent to 41 percent, while Clinton leads among nonwhite voters, 72 percent to 17 percent.

The Democratic nominee has an advantage among white voters with a college degree, 53 percent to 37 percent. But white voters without a college degree favor Trump, 52 percent to 31 percent.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 5 to 9 among 1,327 voters. The margin of error is 3.2 percentage points. Close to half of the interviews were conducted after the release of the 2005 tape.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton has a 5.1-point lead over her Republican rival, 44.8 percent to 39.7 percent.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out Monday also showed the Democratic nominee with an 11-point lead over Trump.

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