Donald Trump slashes Hillary Clinton’s lead to one point: Poll

October 30, 2016 6:43 pm

Republican presidential nominee addresses a campaign rally in the Rodeo Arena at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado, October 29, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has staged a dramatic comeback in one of the major national polls, reducing the double-digit gap with her Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to only one point.
According to the newest ABC /Washington Post tracking poll released Sunday, the New York businessman had reduced Clinton’s 12-point lead from last week to only one percentage point, trailing her 46 percent to 45 percent.
Clinton was leading Trump 50 percent to 38 percent, according to the survey’s previous iteration early last week.
In the latest poll, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein trailed far behind the top nominees with four percent and two percent support, respectively.
Trump’s surge in support was largely attributed to the recent controversies surrounding Clinton’s email case.
In a letter to Congress on Friday, FBI Director James Comey said the bureau was reopening the investigation into her possible mishandling of classified information after finding new emails in another case.

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a concert in Miami, Florida, October 29, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The Democratic nominee underwent a long-running federal investigation over her use of a private email server that involved exchanging thousands of potentially classified emails during her tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. She was cleared of all charges later on.
Trump rejoiced at Comey’s announcement on Friday, hailing the FBI’s “courage to right the horrible mistake that they made.”
Nearly one third of the likely voters sampled in the ABC News/Washington Post poll said they were less likely to vote for the former secretary of state in the wake of the new FBI review.
Seven percent of her supporters said they were less keen on backing her.
Despite the close figures, more than half of likely supporters still thought that Clinton was going to win the November 8 vote. She was also holding an 18-point edge over Trump in terms of being more qualified for the top job.
When likely voters were asked which candidate better understood “the problems of people like you,” Clinton again led Trump 46 percent to 43 percent.
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