Hillary Clinton's Lead Cut in Half in New National Poll
But Trump's still behind 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.
By RYAN STRUYK
August 29, 2016, 5:00 PM
• 3 min read
-- Hillary Clinton’s wide lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House has been cut in half, according to a new national Monmouth University poll released today.
The Democratic nominee held a wide 50 percent to 37 percent lead in the wake of her party’s convention in a Monmouth poll in early August, but now that lead appears to have tightened to 7 percentage points -- 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.
But Trump still faces a statistically significant deficit with just 70 days remaining until Election Day. The race was tighter -- 45 percent to 43 percent -- in July.
The change shows some signs of a post-convention bump wearing off among likely voters: She’s lost 10 percentage points among nonwhites, 9 points among college grads, 7 points among women and voters under 35 years old, and a slight 6 points among liberals and Democrats.
The poll also shows that a majority of voters have negative views of both candidates. A majority believes that Trump is not releasing his tax returns because there’s something in them that he doesn’t want the public to know, and a majority believes that Clinton gave special treatment to big donors of the Clinton Foundation.