Clinton Leads Trump By 6 Points In National Bloomberg Poll

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August 10, 2016 8:41 a.m.
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Hillary Clinton held a six-point lead ahead of Donald Trump in a new poll from Bloomberg Politics out Wednesday.

In a two-way matchup, the former secretary of state had 50 percent support among likely voters, compared to 44 percent for the real estate mogul. Clinton’s lead drops slightly, to 44 percent to Trump’s 40 percent, in a four-person contest, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson taking 9 percent of the vote and Green Party nominee Jill Stein receiving 4 percent.

This Clinton advantage is comparable to the results found by a slate of other national polls released since the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

According to the Bloomberg survey, Clinton benefits from consolidated Democratic support around her candidacy and backers who are more interested in electing her than in simply stopping her opponent.

Clinton received 94 percent of the Democratic vote, including 93 percent of Democrats who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the primaries, while Trump earned 87 percent among Republicans.

Among the Democratic nominee’s voters, 56 percent said they were more interested in supporting her than in preventing a Trump presidency. The opposite was true for Trump backers, with 56 percent saying they were motivated more by defeating Clinton than by support for the billionaire businessman.

Despite Clinton’s edge, her lead is significantly lower than it was in a national Bloomberg poll taken in June, when she led Trump 49 percent to 37 percent. That survey was conducted in the wake of Trump’s attacks on the “Mexican” heritage of a U.S.-born federal judge.

The latest poll was conducted Aug. 5-Aug. 8 among 1,007 U.S. adults, 749 of them likely voters. The margin of error was 3.6 percentage points among likely voters and 3.1 percentage points for the full sample.

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