A post-debate (and post-debate meltdown) theme seems to be emerging.
New York Times, Oct: 5th:
Donald J. Trump’s support has plunged across the swing-state map over the last 10 days, wiping out his political recovery from September and threatening to undo weeks of Republican gains in the battle for control of Congress.Washington Post, today:
Mr. Trump has already slipped perceptibly in public polls, trailing widely this week in Pennsylvania and by smaller margins in Florida and North Carolina — three states he cannot afford to lose. But private polling by both parties shows an even more precipitous drop, especially among independent voters, moderate Republicans and women, according to a dozen strategists from both parties who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data was confidential.
Liesl Hickey, a Republican strategist involved in several House races in swing states, said she was dismayed by a sudden exodus of independent voters in more diverse parts of the country.
“They are really starting to pull away from Trump,” said Ms. Hickey, describing his soaring unpopularity with independents as entering “uncharted territory.”
As Donald Trump jetted to Colorado on Monday, his presidential campaign was on life support. His momentum had been zapped by a turbulent week, book-ended by an unsteady debate and an erratic display at his last rally. In Washington, GOP leaders were analyzing internal polls that charted a Trump collapse in nearly every swing state.By the way, go and read the whole piece. It's a fascinating glimpse into Donald's downward spiral.
And today comes a new Quinnipiac national poll that shows Clinton with an astonishing 20-point lead among independents! Normally I'd think this is crazy, but it matches up with current reporting about the bottom falling out from under Trump in private polls:
"Post-debate, Hillary Clinton checks all the boxes. With her base of women and non- white voters now solidly behind her and independent voters moving into her column, Donald Trump gets a wake-up call," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "The Indies are leaving in droves."It was in the field after Trump's 1995 tax information was released and immediately after the VP debate, so also take that for what it's worth as well. The poll also shows Clinton with more of her party's backing than Trump, which should seemingly add up to a double-digit overall lead. But since this is Quinnipiac, somehow Hillary still only leads by mid-single digits...and it's hard to see how they arrived at this when looking at the internals. That's all I'll say about that.
What matters is, Donald Trump is well on his way to losing in a landslide and the next debate might just seal the deal.