Despite Lagging Polls, Trump Won’t Change

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Photos by: BU Rob13 and Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Photos by: BU Rob13 and Gage Skidmore

The Donald Trump magic seems to be finally losing its glow as polls show he is losing ground to his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Important states which can vote either way are taking a turn towards the Democratic candidate for president.


In Virginia a poll conducted by the Washington Post revealed Trump behind Clinton by a sizeable margin of 14 percentage points, 52 for Clinton to Trump’s 38 among all registered voters. Among likely voters the difference narrowed to 8 percentage points; 51 to 43.

Florida had a similar result in a poll done by Monmouth University. There the gap was 9 percent, with Clinton ahead 48

percent to 39 percent among the likely voters. Notably, 12 percent of Republican voters said they will be voting for Clinton, in addition to getting support from women and minorities.

Trump’s response to the bad news? “I don’t want to change.”

He explained that changing his campaign tactics, even if it would help his position, would be a betrayal of the millions of followers who have supported him until now.

“Well, possibly I do, but, you know, I am who I am. It’s me,” Trump said. “I don’t wanna change. Everybody talks about, ‘Oh, well you’re gonna pivot, you’re gonna’-I don’t wanna pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not honest with people.”

Gail Nussbaum

Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)

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