Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading by double digits over Republican candidate Donald Trump in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after the the release of a 2005 audio recording in which Trump is heard making lewd comments about women.
Clinton beats Trump 52 percent to 38 percent in a two-way race, the poll shows. The survey was conducted between Oct. 8-9, after the tapes were released but before the second presidential debate.
In a four-way race, Clinton maintains her double digit lead over Trump, 46 percent to 35 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson had 9 percent of support among likely voters, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 2 percent.
The poll comes after the recently revealed tapes show Trump speaking about making sexual advances on women, including one who was married. Audio of Trump speaking with radio host Howard Stern over a 17-year period, involving talk of Ivanka Trump’s physique and walking in on Miss Universe contestants while they were undressed, were released on Oct. 8.
Many Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, withdrew their support for the nominee after the tapes were revealed.
Poll: Trump Doesn’t Respect Women
Sixty-three percent of likely voters said they do not think Trump respects women, an NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll shows. The survey was conducted online between Oct. 3-9, before the presidential debate and after the tapes were released.
Sixty-four percent of likely female voters said they did not think Trump respects women before the tapes were released. The number jumped up to 69 percent after the recordings were revealed.
As for men, prior to the release of the tapes, 45 percent of likely male voters said they did not think Trump respects women. But after the audio was revealed, the number spiked by 10 points to 55 percent.
Trump apologized for his comments in a video after the tapes were released on Oct. 7, saying his private statements were “locker room talk.”