Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump narrows in new national poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey

September 13, 2016 6:49 pm

Republican presidential nominee (right) and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton

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 she had pneumonia.
The NBC poll also shows that a majority of registered voters hold an unfavorable 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 favorable impression of Trump while 39 percent have a favorable 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.
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