Clinton maintains edge over Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is maintaining her advantage over Republican rival Donald Trump, a Fox News poll released Wednesday finds.

Clinton is up 44-38 percent over Trump in a head-to-head matchup, the poll found. Earlier this month, Clinton had a three-point edge (42-39 percent).

In May, Trump was up by three (45-42 percent). Clinton’s current lead is just inside the poll’s margin of sampling error.

The national poll finds Clinton has a similar advantage when voters are asked about confidence in the candidates to make the “right” decisions for the country if they were president: 48 percent are at least somewhat confident Clinton would. It’s 42 percent for Trump.

Party unity is a trouble spot for Trump, the poll found. Just 74 percent of Republicans back him over Clinton, down from 82 percent in May. In addition, it discovered, just over half of Republicans would prefer a different nominee (51 percent someone else vs. 48 percent Trump).

Twenty-four percent of Republicans lack confidence that Trump would make the right decisions for the country. Fourteen percent of Democrats feel that way about Clinton.

Most voters feel Trump is “hot-headed” (89 percent) and “obnoxious” (83 percent), while far fewer say those apply to Clinton (35 percent “hot-headed” and 45 percent “obnoxious”).

A Monmouth University poll released last week found that 47 percent of registered voters back Clinton while 40 percent support Trump.

A Reuters/Ipsos survey from a week earlier actually found that Trump was chipping away at Clinton's lead in the presidential race, showing that Clinton had a 10.7 point lead among likely voters over Trump.


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