FIRST MAJOR POLL: TRUMP TRAILS HILLARY

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According to a new Fox News poll out today, most voters believe the 2016 presidential election is the most important in recent times.  At the same time voters dislike the presumptive nominees.  They feel Trump and Clinton lack the integrity to hold the nation’s highest office.

  • Eighty-five percent say there’s more than usual at stake in this year’s presidential race.  That’s up from 70 percent who felt that way in 2012.
  • Clinton (83 percent) and Trump supporters (87 percent) are about equally likely to feel like there’s more at stake.

The new poll shows Hillary Clinton with a three-point edge over Donald Trump (42-39 percent) in a hypothetical matchup.  That’s within the poll’s margin of error.

The poll was conducted Sunday through Wednesday — right as Clinton finally captured enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination.  Trump hit that mark May 26.

Clinton’s edge over Trump is due to a six-point drop in support for him rather than an increase for her.  Trump was up by 45-42 percent three weeks ago (May 14-17, 2016).  Since then, he lost three points among self-identified Republicans and 11 points among independents.

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