A new US
national poll shows that the lead by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, has been halved in one week.
In the Morning Consult poll released early on Sunday, the former secretary of state leads the New York billionaire by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 percent throughout the country.
She led the GOP candidate 44 percent to 38 percent a week earlier.
The candidates were both viewed unfavorably by the voters as is the case in the polls, with Trump getting 58 percent this time and Clinton 57 percent in the survey taken from August 24 to August 26.
The head-to-head match-up has not been this close since late July, when Clinton led Trump 43 percent to 40 percent.
The new Morning Consult poll was conducted among 2,007 registered voters and had a margin of error of two percentage points.
It also shows that 79 percent of the African American population vote for the former first lady while the real estate mogul enjoys only five percent.
Among women voters, Trump also trails Clinton — 44 percent to 35 percent — with 21 percent remaining undecided.
Meanwhile, independent voters remained highly divided with 35 percent backing Clinton; 34 percent voting for Trump; and 31 percent remaining undecided.
According to the poll, chances are low for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein to “make the debate stage scheduled for late September,” as the former has the support of eight percent and the latter only three percent.
According to an average of the polls, Clinton maintains a 6-percent lead over Trump, 48.3 percent to 42.3 percent ahead of the November vote.