Hillary Clinton (R) and Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 9-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump nationally, a new poll shows.
The former secretary of state has the support of 47 percent of likely voters, while the billionaire businessman has 38 percent support, found the Bloomberg Politics poll, released on Wednesday.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 8 percent support among likely voters, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 3 percent support.
Clinton keeps her 9-point lead over Trump, 50 to 41 percent, in a head-to-head matchup.
She has a 4-point lead over Trump among likely voters without a college degree, 48 to 44 percent, while the billionaire trails by 13 points among whites with a college degree.
The poll was conducted from October 14 to 17 among 1,006 likely voters. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Clinton and Trump were literally tied in the Bloomberg poll in September, with 46 percent apiece in a two-way race.
Clinton and Trump were literally tied in the Bloomberg poll in September, with 46 percent apiece in a two-way race.
Trump appears to be in freefall after the release of a 2005 audiotape earlier this month of Trump's lewd comments about touching and kissing women without their consent.
"Donald Trump's chances of winning this election have faded," has said Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his firm Public Opinion Strategies.
Trump rejects polls

Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. (Photo by AFP)

However, Trump has rejected such claims and polls as fabricated by media outlets and organizations which want to elect Clinton as president at any cost.
Over the last week, Trump has intensified his criticism of the American electoral system. He called the election process rigged, and said the media is colluding with Clinton in order to beat him.
He has questioned the legitimacy of the US elections, saying that he believed the vote was already being "rigged" at many polling places.
Trump has stated that the November presidential election will determine whether America is a free nation, “or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system.”