Hillary Clinton Is Way Ahead of Donald Trump in the Polls

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It’s sophisticated these days to remind everyone that national polls don’t matter much in presidential races. You really need to dig down to the state level. That’s true enough, and you can check out Sam Wang’s detailed look at state polls here if you want to really dive into things. Spoiler alert: Hillary Clinton has a pretty clear lead right now, but control of the Senate is neck-and-neck.

All that said, national polls aren’t totally useless. Voting patterns tend to be nationwide, and generally speaking, it’s very unlikely for a candidate who’s more than a couple of points behind in the national polls to win in November. So here’s your good news for the day: Pollster says that Donald Trump is currently losing in the national polls by about 10 points. It’s only June, and a lot of things can change between now and Election Day. Nonetheless, perhaps America is finally coming to its senses.

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