18 September 2019

Clinton maintains slim national lead over Trump: Poll

KONFRONTASI - Presumptive US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a slender national lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in the race for the November 2016 election, a new poll shows.

In the Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday, the former US secretary of state is leading the New York billionaire by only 2 percentage points, 42 to 40

Meanwhile, Clinton also edges out Trump by 2 percentage points, 39 to 37, with third-party candidates joining the race among likely voters.

In this scenario, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has clinched support of 8 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein bags 4 percent.

Voters are very dissatisfied with the climate surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign, pollsters found.

Sixty-one percent say the 2016 race for the White House has “increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the US,” while only 34 percent say it has made “no impact.”

Sixty-seven percent of those who see hatred rising have accused Trump’s campaign and 16 percent put the blame on Clinton’s campaign.

Fifty-eight percent believe that Trump would not be a good president, whereas 35 percent say he would make a good leader, the poll found.

Wednesday’s results also found that 53 percent believe Clinton would make a good president, while 43 percent say the opposite is true.

Donald Trump speaks to guests during a policy speech during a campaign stop at Alumisource on June 28, 2016 in Monessen, Pennsylvania. (AFP photo)

A poll, released last week, found that Trump and Clinton both are viewed unfavorably by most Americans and neither candidate prompts much excitement among the electorate.

Both Trump and Clinton are viewed unfavorably by nearly 60 percent of US voters, while fewer than 30 percent would be excited by either candidate’s presidency, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on June 21.

The poll also found that 56 percent would be afraid and also feel embarrassed if Trump is elected, while 46 percent feel the same about Clinton.[ptv]



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