Hillary increases lead over Donald Trump: new poll

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both reacted on Twitter to news of a fire and graffiti at a local Republican Party office in North Carolina. | AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton has a 12-point lead over Donald Trump, among likely voters, according to a ABC News 2016 election national tracking poll released on Monday.

Some highlights:

*Trump has hurt himself for his responses to allegations of sexual misconduct,with 69-24 percent disapproval of his handling of the controversy.

*The poll found 59 percent reject Trump’s argument that the election is rigged.

*Also hurting Trump: 65 percent of those polled disapproved of his refusal to say he would accept a Clinton election victory.

*Topline numbers:, Clinton 50 percent to Trump with 38 percent, toGary Johnson, 5 percent support,Jill Stein at 2 percent.

*Clinton is building her lead among women.

* Trump is four points ahead with white voters.

*Clinton is head with non-white voters, 68-14 percent.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

ABOUT THE POLL, FROM ABC NEWS

This inaugural 2016 ABC News tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, was conducted Thursday through Saturday among 1,391 adults, including 874 likely voters.

METHODOLOGY

This ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Oct. 20-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 874 likely voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 36-27-31 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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