US National Polls: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Now Virtually Equal In Latest Polling Results

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U.S Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump has closed in on his rival, Hillary Clinton, in
the latest national tracking poll released over the
weekend.

Mr Trump was far behind Hillary Clinton in all of the
major polls in the last two months, but after his
immigration speech last week, new results
released by the polls conducted by Reuters/
Ipsos indicate that the U.S presidential race is much
closer now than ever as Donald Trump and Clinton are virtually tied.
According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, 40 per cent of
likely voters support Mr Trump, while 39 per cent
back Ms Clinton for the week of 26 August
through 1 September as Clinton’s lead has
declined from an eight-point lead.

Mr Trump’s popularity among Republicans has
also bounced six percentage points to 78 per cent
over the past two weeks although he still lacks the
party support held by Mitt Romney in 2012, who
had 85 per cent of support from Republicans at
this stage in the election

The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in
English in all 50 states. The latest poll surveyed
1,804 likely voters over the course of the week; it
had a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of
three percent.

In a separate question in the Reuters/Ipsos poll that included alternative-party candidates, Clinton
and Trump were tied at 39 percent. Seven percent
supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson,
and two percent supported Jill Stein of the Green
Party.

Mr Trumps rise in the election comes after news that the FBI released details of Clinton’s interview
with investigators regarding emails kept on her
private servers – an issue that has plagued the
Clinton campaign from the onset.

According to the FBI’s released documents of the
interview;

“Clinton said she received no instructions or
direction regarding the preservation or
production of records from State [Department]
during the transition out of her role as Secretary of State in 2013,”

“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a
concussion and then around the New Year had a
blood clot,” it adds. “Based on her doctor’s advice,
she could only work at state for a few hours a day
and could not recall every briefing she received.”

Some Americans don’t believe the report with
most of the opinion that Clinton mishandled
classified information.  Mr Trump in his last week
Wednesday’s speech, seemed to win back
enthusiasm as he vowed to deport millions of
undocumented immigrants during his “first hour” as president.

Source : Reuters/ Independent UK

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