FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Democrat Hillary Clinton has taken a small 45 percent vs. 41 percent lead over Republican Donald Trump in the race for president, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released Wednesday.
"American voters don't like either one of the front-runners. The question could be who we dislike the least," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
When third party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton gets 40 percent with Trump at 38 percent — too close to call — the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson gets 5 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 3 percent.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont leads Trump among all American voters 48 percent vs. 39 percent, but trails Clinton among Democrats 53 percent vs. 39 percent.
In a Clinton-Trump matchup, men go Republican 51 percent vs. 35 percent, while women go Democratic 54 percent vs. 30 percent. Republicans back Trump 86 percent vs. 4 percent and Democrats back Clinton 90 percent vs. 6 percent. Independent voters are divided, with 40 percent for Trump and 37 percent for Clinton.
"This is a very tight race that will divide Democrats and Republicans, the young and the old, white, black and Hispanic voters — and husbands and wives — in the months ahead," said Malloy.
"Sen. Bernie Sanders can take solace in the fact that he leads Donald Trump, but the cold hard truth is that his own party favors Hillary Clinton by a whopping 13 points."
American voters give Clinton a 57 percent "very unfavorable" or "strongly unfavorable" rating, with 37 percent "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable."
Trump gets a 59 percent "somewhat unfavorable" or "strongly unfavorable" rating, with 34 percent strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable."
Looking at who would best handle important issues, American voters say:
- 52 percent vs. 41 percent that Trump would be better creating jobs;
- 51 percent vs. 43 percent that Clinton would be better handling immigration;
- 49 percent vs. 41 percent that Trump would be more effective handling ISIS;
- 53 percent vs. 40 percent that Clinton would better respond to an international crisis;
- 46 percent would trust Clinton more on sending U.S. troops overseas, while 44 percent would trust Trump more;
- 55 percent vs. 33 percent would trust Clinton more to make the right decisions regarding nuclear weapons;
- 48 percent vs. 45 percent that Clinton would do a better job getting things done in Washington.
From May 24 to 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
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