A new CNN poll shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in an almost-tie, with Trump leading by two points, at 45%, compared to Clinton at 43%, with only 9 weeks to go until the nation’s presidential election.
In what could be a deciding factor, the majority of Clinton supporters say they are LESS EXCITED about voting this year than usual, while a majority of Trump backers say they’re MORE EXCITED about voting in this election.
Trump has now risen from 37% support to 41% support among registered voters.
Trump is considered to be more trustworthy than Clinton on matters of the economy (56% Trump / 41% Clinton) and terrorism (51% Trump / 45% Clinton).
Those polled say they trust Clinton more on foreign policy (56% to Trump’s 40%), and they are split on immigration.
Overall, Trump is viewed as the most honest and trustworthy (50% for Trump / 35% Clinton.)
After the Democratic convention, Clinton’s lead jumped to 8 points ahead, but that has since evaporated, CNN reports.
However, when it comes to belief level, 59% of voters think Clinton will sweep up the electoral votes to win the election, compared to 34% who believe Trump will win.
Clinton reportedly has the support of 92% of Democrats, and Trump has the support of 90% of Republicans, but Trump has an advantage among Independents, with 49% supporting him, while only 29% of Independents say they would vote for Clinton.
The telephone poll was conducted September 1-4 among 1,001 adults nationwide with at least 886 registered voters.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson currently has just 7% support among voters, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 2% support. Neither is expected to reach the 15% threshold to be admitted to the national debates.
A reporter on board her campaign plane asked Clinton on Tuesday about the new CNN poll, but Clinton shrugged it off.
“I really pay no attention to polls. When they are good for me – and there have been a lot of them that have been good for me recently – I don’t pay attention,” Clinton said. “When they are not so good, I don’t pay attention. We are on a course that we are sticking with.”
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