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Clinton Takes Lead Over Trump in New Poll

September 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent Donald Trump by six points, according to the latest poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal. 

The new national poll found Clinton besting Trump 43 percent to his 37 percent in a four-way contest. 

In a two way contest between Trump and Clinton, the former Secretary of State edges the Republican billionaire by seven points, leading him 48-41 percent. 

The survey comes on the heels of a tough month for Clinton, who suffered a bout of pneumonia which took her out of the spotlight for several days and raised questions about her overall health. 

Still, the polls tilted in her favor and projected a win for her in November. 

"Despite arguably the worst few weeks of her candidacy, the fundamentals still point toward a Hillary Clinton victory," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

Both candidates are in a dead heat when it comes to voter enthusiasm, with roughly the same amount of voters saying they feel enthusiastic about their candidate, but Trump has a slight edge over Clinton in this category. 

Seventy-eight percent of Trump voters say they feel either a "9" or a "10" on a 10-point scale of interest in the election, while 75 percent of Clinton voters said they feel the same way. 

Voters are slightly more certain they'll vote for Clinton in November -- 68 percent of Clinton voters said they'd definitely vote for her in November while 66 percent of Trump voters felt that way about their own candidate. 

Trump leads Clinton on how to handle the economy, carrying 46 percent of the vote to Clinton's 41 percent. Voters also still believe he's the candidate who can make the most change in Washington over someone like Hillary Clinton. 

Clinton leads Trump on all other issues. 

The new poll is yet another indicator of a tightening race for the White House. Several months ago, Clinton's poll numbers were much higher and her lead was more monumental over Trump. Trump has narrowed that gap in recent weeks. 

Experts suggest there is a strong likelihood of Clinton beating Trump in November, but enthusiasm for her candidacy has not been as high as it has been for other past Democratic nominees. 

Polling continues to suggest a tight race all the way to the end.  

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Sept. 16-19 of 1,000 registered voters - by both landline and cell phone interviews - and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. Among the 922 likely voters the survey interviewed, the margin of error is plus-minus 3.2 percentage points.


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NBC-WSJ Poll with Hillary Up 6 Points Is Weighted with 14% more Democrat Voters!

It's quite off about these polls in Fl. We are republicans of Fl., and have NEVER been polled even 1 time. Our kids are republicans in FL, and have never been polled. That's 8!of us that I know of....other friends have not been polled either. When ever Clinton is involved, you can bet that lies are involved. IOW, Hillary is a liar and a joke.

Say it ain't so..........a corrupt "government servant" with a suspicious personal net worth, consistent liar and drama queen, leading with the Obama agenda that has taken the USA in the lead! Perhaps more fiction than reality. We'll see.

Former Air Force - The only Drama Queen here is The Con Man himself Trump. Tell me just how Obama is taking the USA down? Be specific please no RW Talking Point. The Fiction is Trump promising everything but nothing specific - He's a candidate for president not a Dictator.

RE: BHO - his taking down the USA began with his return of the bust of Churchill, disrespecting the Queen of England, reflecting his personal feelings, disengaging our country's traditional allies; ignoring the US military and he continues to court the Muslim world - evidenced most recently by his inexplicable dealings with Iran. And, finally, he wants all of us as wards of the state.....a real Soros kind of guy! As for Hillary, how did she accumulate her recently self-announced personal net worth? Thanks for asking. Comrade.

NBC ? Ohhhhh...then it MUST be true How about the voters outside the conference room? LOLOLOLOLOL

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