Clinton's lead over Trump narrows to 9
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[July 02, 2016]
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic
presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican Donald Trump
has dipped into the single digits among likely U.S. voters for the first
time in nearly two weeks, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on
The June 27-July 1 poll showed a 9.4 percentage point lead for the
former secretary of state over the New York businessman, down
slightly from an 11.2 point lead in a previous five-day poll that
ended on June 28.
Clinton had maintained a double-digit lead in the rolling poll since
June 20, as she recovered from a brief boost in Trump's numbers in
the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, when he renewed a
call for a ban on Muslim immigration.
Among likely voters, 43.9 percent now support Clinton, compared with
34.5 percent for Trump. Another 21.7 percent of likely voters
wouldn't support either candidate.
Clinton is more popular among men and women, young people and
minorities, college graduates, and people who live on incomes that
are both lower and higher than the national average. Trump has an
edge among whites, people with lower levels of education, older
Americans and retirees, and he leads among people who frequently
Overall, voters have increasingly sided with Clinton since mid-May,
when the two were about even in the poll.
Trump is expected officially to become the Republican presidential
nominee when the party holds its convention in another 2-1/2 weeks.
Clinton is expected to become the Democratic nominee when the
Democrats hold their convention a week later.
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A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate
Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in
Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy
Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos
The poll, which included responses from 1,080 likely voters, has a
credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3.5 percentage
Clinton's lead had widened to as much as 14 percentage points in the
past two weeks as Republican leaders criticized Trump for his
opposition to international trade agreements and a string of
nativist comments about Hipsanics and Muslims.
Clinton's campaign, meanwhile, has been dogged by allegations that
she mishandled classified emails and failed to protect U.S.
diplomats in Libya while secretary of state in Obama’s first
administration. She denies wrongdoing.
(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Leslie Adler)
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