Clinton’s National Lead Over Trump Shrinks From 9 Points To 3 In New Poll

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July 13, 2016 11:31 a.m.

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump among registered voters by just three points, 42-39, in a new national McClatchy-Marist poll released on Wednesday.

In the last McClatchy-Marist poll released in early April, Clinton led Trump by nine points, 50-41, among registered voters.

When third-party candidates are added to the question, it’s Clinton 40, Trump 35, Libertarian Gary Johnson 10, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 5.

Marist began conducting the survey the day that FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not recommend bringing charges against Clinton regarding the investigation into her private email server.

Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, indicated to McClatchy that the email probe is still impacting Clinton in the polls.

“The good news for Hillary Clinton is that despite a very rough week, she still has a narrow edge,” Miringoff said. “The bad news is these issues don’t seem to be going away.”

Clinton’s lead over Trump also took a hit in the NBC/Survey Monkey weekly tracking poll for the past two weeks. In Tuesday’s tracking poll, Clinton had a three-point lead over Trump, down from a five-point lead the previous week.

Marist surveyed 1,053 registered voters via phone July 5-9 with a margin of error plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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