Clin­ton’s lead over Trump nar­rows in new na­tional poll

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump is clos­ing in on Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton’ lead in the race for the White House, a new poll shows.

The NBC News/Sur­vey Mon­key track­ing sur­vey re­leased on Tues­day, shows Clin­ton lead­ing Trump by only 4 points, 48 to 44 per­cent, among reg­is­tered vot­ers.

She was lead­ing Trump by 10 points in the same poll about five weeks ago.

Clin­ton’s lead over her main ri­val slimmed to 2 points in the poll in a four-way match-up that in­cluded Lib­er­tar­ian nom­i­nee Gary John­son and Green Party nom­i­nee Jill Stein. She re­ceived 42 per­cent to his 40 per­cent. In that sce­nario, John­son earned 11 per­cent, while Stein bagged 4 per­cent.

Over the past few weeks, Clin­ton’s lead in na­tional sur­veys has thinned, although polls tend to nar­row as Elec­tion Day nears.

Clin­ton’s grow­ing un­pop­u­lar­ity fol­lows re­newed fo­cus on her use of a pri­vate email server while she served as sec­re­tary of state, as well as al­leged con­flicts of in­ter­est over her con­nec­tions to the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion fundrais­ing.

Clin­ton is also fac­ing crit­i­cism over the de­layed re­lease of her pneu­mo­nia di­ag­no­sis over the week­end.

The 68-year-old for­mer First Lady was forced to abruptly leave a 9/11 me­mo­rial in New York on Sun­day due to a med­i­cal episode, stir­ring spec­u­la­tions about her well-be­ing.

The can­di­date’s physi­cian, Dr Lisa Bar­dack, re­leased a state­ment via the cam­paign and said had pneu­mo­nia.

The NBC poll also shows that a ma­jor­ity of reg­is­tered vot­ers hold an un­favourable view of both Trump and Clin­ton, and con­sider them not trust­wor­thy.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state is viewed neg­a­tively by 59 per­cent of vot­ers and the New York bil­lion­aire by 60 per­cent.

Thirty-eight per­cent have a favourable im­pres­sion of Trump while 39 per­cent have a favourable im­pres­sion of Clin­ton.

The poll was con­ducted from Septem­ber 5 to 11 among a na­tional sam­ple of 16,220 reg­is­tered vot­ers. The mar­gin of er­ror is 1.1 per­cent­age points. — PressTV.

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