Donald Trump has opened up a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton among registered voters who are active and former military servicemen and women.

 

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A new NBC/SurveyMonkey poll shows the Republican presidential nominee leading his rival by 19 points.

 

The news comes on the day Trump is set to deliver a speech about military policy, and as the two candidates are sparring over which has the support of more retired generals and admirals.

 

Fifty-five percent of active and former military members support Trump, while 36 percent back Clinton, according to the new poll, released Wednesday morning.

 

And 64 per cent say they lack confidence in Clinton’s ability to be an effective commander-in-chief. Forty-seven percent say the same about Trump.

 

Military voters also gave Trump a 52-28 edge on his ability to handle veterans issues, a platform that has been part of the Republican’s campaign stump speeches for more than a year.

 

Both candidates will participate in a Commander in Chief forum in New York City on Wednesday night, hosted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.