The week that was: Polls swing Clinton's way amid mayhem for Trump

Trump's campaign had a tough week
Trump's campaign had a tough week

More than a week after the Democratic National Convention concluded, a series of polls and antics by Republican Donald Trump paint an entirely different picture of the presidential race.

On July 29, a day after her nomination acceptance speech, Democrat Hillary Clinton trailed Trump by 1.2 points in an average of recent polls reflecting a four-way race with Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to RealClearPolitics. Some of those polls reflected a Trump boost after the Republican National Convention.

The release of new four-way polls conducted partially or fully after July 29 gives Clinton an average lead of 6.6 points. RealClearPolitics counted eight polls done at least partly or fully after July 29, showing a solid post-convention bump for Clinton.

The latest, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday, showed Clinton with a nine-point lead in a four-way race.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, listens during a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.
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Here is just some of the notable Trump news since the DNC ended:

  • Over the weekend, he began a public spat with the parents of a Muslim-American soldier killed in combat. Khizr Khan, the soldier's father, gave an emotional speech at the DNC.
  • He declined to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan's re-election in a Tuesday Washington Post interview.
  • President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Trump "unfit" to serve and called out Republican leaders for endorsing him.
  • An ally of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told CNBC that the Trump campaign staff is "suicidal."
  • Trump released an economic policy team Friday, mostly made up of investors and businessmen rather than economists.

Here are the polls conducted at least partially since July 29, the day after the DNC ended. Clinton's boost is certainly helped by the post-convention bump candidates typically get.

  • NBC News/Survey Monkey: Clinton +4, conducted July 25-31
  • Public Policy Polling: Clinton +5, conducted July 29-30
  • CNN/ORC: Clinton +8, conducted July 29-31
  • Economist/YouGov: Clinton +5, conducted July 30-August 1
  • Reuters/Ipsos: Clinton +4, conducted July 30-August 3
  • McClatchy/Marist: Clinton +14, conducted August 1-3
  • Rasmussen Reports: Clinton +4, conducted August 1-2
  • NBC News/WSJ: Clinton +9, conducted July 31-August 3