Trump edges ahead of Clinton, poll finds

By AFP
Published: November 1, 2016
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan U.S. October 31, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan U.S. October 31, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has edged ahead of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a point for the first time since May, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll out Tuesday has found.

The poll also registered a seven point decline for Clinton in the share of likely voters who are strongly enthusiastic about her, a possible reflection of the renewed controversy over her use of a private server while secretary of state, pollster Gary Langer said.

Trump’s 46-45 per cent lead in the four-way race for the White House, while well within the margin of error, is the first time he has polled ahead of Clinton in the survey since May.

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The new poll was taken from October 27-30, a period that includes FBI director James Comey’s October 28 announcement that his agents had found a new trove of email that may be pertinent to an earlier probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information.

The results flip 46-45 in the Democrat’s favour when combining the last seven days, Langer said. “Either way the results are exceedingly close,” he said.

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  • cautious
    Nov 1, 2016 - 9:16PM

    I recently read an article which said that only 45 percent of Democrats were enthusiastic about Hillary. Since only 31 percent of voters are registered Democrats (about 40 percent Independent, 29 percent Republican) that means that only 14 percent of the American voters are enthusiastic about Hillary. It’s likely similar statistics apply to Trump. Who ever wins is going to assume the office with the majority of American’s not happy. Recommend

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