The New York Times says Donald Trump is losing his “first wave of momentum” with the voters after months of attacks and a series of false claims.
Trump’s presidential bid is “over,” the paper writes, and “his momentum has ebbed to the point where his candidacy is not even in the same ballpark as the first wave.”
The Times says Trump is “still the most popular candidate among Republicans” with 43 percent of Republicans backing him, compared to only 23 percent of Democrats.
And while Trump’s “debunking” of Hillary Clinton is “a major obstacle to his coronation,” the Times says “the Clinton campaign has not abandoned its attempt to link Trump to domestic and foreign threats.”
But the paper points out that there’s also evidence that Trump is now getting the same amount of “support” from Democrats as he did in the first two months of his campaign.
The Times, however, adds that it’s important to remember that the poll was conducted on July 30 and Aug. 2, meaning Trump’s approval rating is still far lower than he was at this point last year.
“In a way, this survey shows that Trump has lost the first of his two waves of momentum, and he needs to get back on track quickly to regain the support he enjoyed in his first two weeks,” the NYT writes.
“There’s no reason to believe that the Clinton campaign is going to change course on Trump and the issue of gun control.”
And the newspaper points out the real estate mogul still has more supporters than any other Republican candidate in the polls.
In fact, he has a commanding lead among voters who have never voted before, and is ahead among voters with a high school education or less.
And according to the Times, Trump has “shown a clear advantage over other Republican candidates, winning a majority of white men over the past week, including among men without a college degree.”
He is also ahead among black voters, women, and those under age 50.
But the Times warns that it will be “too late” for Trump to regain that momentum if he fails to “make meaningful changes to the campaign message, the candidate’s economic message, and his immigration policy.”
The Associated Press also notes that Trump “has lost his first wave of support among whites.”
But AP notes that he is still leading among the general population, and has a “clear lead among women and young people.”