Poll: After Trump tape revelation, Clinton's lead up to double digits

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As Donald Trump's campaign reels over tapes of the presidential candidate's sexually aggressive comments about women in 2005, the Republican nominee now trails Hillary Clinton by double digits among likely voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll, conducted on Saturday and Sunday but before the second presidential debate, shows Clinton with 46 percent support among likely voters in a four-way matchup, compared to 35 percent for Trump.

Libertarian Gary Johnson's support stands at nine percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein garners two percent. In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton's lead over Trump grows to 14 percent (52 percent to Trump's 38 percent.)

And among all registered voters, Clinton's lead is 13 points, her largest advantage over Trump since the poll began testing the pair last September.

As Republicans grapple with how to hold on to control of the House and Senate despite the Trump campaign's woes, Democrats overall now have a seven-point advantage on the question of which party voters want to see in control of Congress.

Forty-nine percent of voters say they'd like to see Democrats in power on Capitol Hill, compared to 42 percent who chose the GOP.

That's up from a three-point advantage for Democrats (48 percent to 45 percent) last month, and it's the largest advantage for Democrats since the October 2009 government shutdown.

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Although voters overall are split over the impact of the 2005 tape of Trump describing kissing and touching women's bodies without their consent, less than a quarter of Republicans say that the revelations should be grounds for other GOP Senate and House candidates to drop their backing of Trump (nine percent) or call for him to drop out of the race (14 percent.)

A total of 52 percent of respondents say that the audiotape should be an issue in the campaign, while 42 percent say it should not be an issue.

While 31 percent of voters say Trump's comments about women were "Inappropriate, but typical of how some men talk in private with other men," a larger share - 41 percent - say the remarks were "completely unacceptable."

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Please let's talk about the emails more. We really haven't covered this enough. Lord.
I can't believe we are in this painful place. A well-educated, experienced, highly intelligent, overly qualified candidate vs Donald.
This debate has now officially turned into a Real Housewives Reunion. Sorry, @Andy. I think I just cheapened Real Housewives Reunions.
If tonight's #debate is like a game of chess, Trump's bringing Clinton accusers to debate hall is this move - https://t.co/1Ubh3DQ2zM
Ok I'm like Robert Deniro right now I want to punch that mf in the face!!
I'd like to apologize to the rest of the world. #debates
Is Trump the first candidate to brag about his Twitter followers in a presidential debate? #Debate #AskingForACountry
"I want to represent all Americans -- the shifty Jew, the lusty Mexican, the rhythmic, rhythmic, magical blacks." -- Trump #debates
That was a masterful dig by Hillary, because Trump's children were raised by their mothers #debate
Only @HillaryClinton could keep such composure in front of this maniac. 40 years of experience helps.
"Don't walk off the stage. Just smile. Pence is quitting tomorrow." - What Hillary is writing down while Trump talks #debate
Trump did not go to the blocking rehearsal #debate
Trump: I would elect supreme court justices who could do something about my restless leg syndrome. Can't sit down all night. #debate
Trump has his Mussolini impression down pat
If nothing else, this shit-show should put to rest the idiotic idea that these two are in any way equally problematic. HE IS A FOOL.
Literally can't answer a single question. He just attacks her. So boring. #Debates2016
I want it to be over now. I need to be swaddled and reassured by 538. #debate
What was that pointing? Was he picking out hot chicks in the audience for the roadies to bring back to his dressing room? #debates
Trump had to pace for an hour and a half to keep from blowing his ego gasket. #debate
He's physically trying to intimidate her by standing right behind her this is cray #debate
Tonights debate might be one of the weirdest, creepiest, saddest things ever aired on television. #Debate
Im very proud of @HillaryClinton tonight. It was a very uncomfortable debate. When he went low, she went high. #imwithher #debate
The #debates are excruciating to watch...it's humiliating to watch these two
I'm just so glad I can't hear Trump. #DeafGain

The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted October 8-9 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent for all registered voters and 4.6 percent for likely voters. NBC News will also release another post-debate poll in the coming days.

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