Amid the news of the FBI’s decision not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of private email servers, a just-released presidential poll might not be what she wants to hear.
A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll reveals that the Democratic candidate’s lead over Republican Donald Trump is narrowing. The survey June 26-29 found that if the election were held now, 45.6 percent of those polled would vote for Clinton, while 40.4 percent would pick Trump.
This 5-point difference represents a significant drop in those supporting Clinton compared to results from the same poll taken in May. In the earlier poll, Clinton enjoyed an 11-point lead over Trump, with 50 percent supporting her and 39 percent favoring him.
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When including Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, and Jill Stein of the Green Party, Clinton’s lead is pared down to 4 percent.
In pondering the meaning of these poll figures, some describe the upcoming election as a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. Clinton’s unfavorability rating stands at 53 percent, while Trump has a rating of 60 percent. Nearly 20 percent of those polled said they have a negative view of both candidates.
When Trump supporters were asked how they felt about the upcoming election, 27 percent said they are “excited” and 56 percent are “alarmed.” When Clinton supporters were asked the same question, 62 percent said they are “alarmed” and only 24 percent “excited.”
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On Monday, David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said voters may wind up “holding their noses and picking one of them or opting for a third-party option.” He also said they may decide to stay home on Election Day.
Although the poll reveals that neither Clinton nor Trump is particularly well-liked by the voters, when asked to choose between the two candidates, 26 percent picked Trump while 19 percent chose Clinton. Forty-four percent could not decide and 11 percent chose not to answer.
h/t: Daily Mail
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