Hillary Clinton would romp in as US president if New Zealanders were voting, according to a Newshub Reid Research poll.

A total of 76 per cent of New Zealanders think Clinton, the Democrat candidate, should be president.

Just 9 per cent support Republican candidate Donald Trump, and 15 per cent did not know.

The New Zealand political preferences of those who support Trump suggest that 3.4 per cent of Green supporters also support Trump; 5.7 per cent of Labour supporters; 9.3 per cent of National supporters; and 23 per cent of New Zealand First supporters.


The election will be held on November 8 and the winner sworn in on January 20.

Both Trump and Clinton were confirmed in party conventions last month but Trump's polling in the United States has dipped since then and Clinton has had a bounce.

Trump disputed allegations of parents of a US Muslim soldier killed in action who claimed that Trump had sacrificed nothing and questioned his knowledge of the US constitution.

He rattled off sacrifices he had made in building businesses.

Trump has got himself into trouble again this week with comments about the second amendment - the right to bear arms - that have been interpreted as a veiled threat of inciting violence against Clinton.

"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said at a rally in North Carolina.

"By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know..."


foreign editor Nicola Lamb

that Trump's campaign is starting to resemble 2008, when Republican John McCain fought a daily battle to dominate the news cycles while Barack Obama stuck to a steady strategy.

Twelve days after the convention, and when her poll bounce could be expected to decline, she was in a better position than last weekend.

"On Sunday, RealClear Politics.com gave Clinton an average national poll lead over Trump of 6.9. She had a 16.7 higher favourable rating than Trump and the betting odds favoured her by 76 to 24.

"Days later, only the odds have remained static. Her national poll lead is up to 7.9 and her higher favourable rating has nudged to 16.9."

&bull The Newshub poll of 1000 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent.