The FINANCIAL -- Donald Trump still has a slight edge in Rasmussen Reports’ latest White House Watch.
The new national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Trump with 43% support to Clinton’s 41%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets five percent (5%) of the vote, while Green Party nominee picks up three percent (3%). Another three percent (3%) like some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are not sure.
Today’s survey is unchanged from Friday but includes the second full night of surveying following the final presidential debate last week in Las Vegas. Rasmussen Reports is one of three national polls that still shows the race as competitive with two weeks to go; most others portray Clinton with a wide – and, in some cases, growing - lead.
In the latest survey, 88% of voters say they are now certain how they will vote, and among these voters, Trump holds a statistically insignificant 48% to 47% lead. Johnson has three percent (3%) support, Stein two percent (2%). Among the voters who still could change their minds between now and Election Day, Trump has the most to potentially lose: He’s ahead of Clinton 34% to 26% among these voters, with Johnson at 25% and Stein at 15%.
Rasmussen Reports updates its White House Watch survey daily Monday through Friday at 8:30 am Eastern based on a three-day rolling average of 1,500 Likely U.S. Voters.
Most voters still disagree with the FBI's decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton over her mishandling of classified information when she was secretary of State, and even more rate the issue as important to their vote.
Clinton has the support of 75% of Democrats and 12% of Republicans nationally. Trump gets 77% of the GOP vote and 16% of Democrats. He still holds a small lead among voters not affiliated with either major party.
Unaffiliateds (79%) remain less certain of their vote than Republicans (93%) and Democrats (91%).
Trump still leads among men, Clinton among women. Those under 40 continue to prefer the Democrat, while their elders favor the Republican.
Trump has a sizable lead among whites but trails by even bigger margins among blacks and other minority voters.
Among voters who Strongly Approve of the job President Obama is doing, Clinton earns 85% support. Among those who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s job performance, 89% favor Trump.
Both major parties have expressed concern about possible election irregularities. We’ll tell you at 10:30 this morning how serious a concern voter fraud is to voters and whether they think Trump should agree to accept the election results before they are counted.
Most voters aren’t buying the Democrats’ story that the Russians are trying to manipulate the election for Trump but do think the U.S. media is trying to swing things for Clinton.
Sixty-two percent (62%) believe the national media, not the candidates, are setting the agenda for this year’s presidential race.
Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe this year’s presidential campaign is more negative than past campaigns.
Ninety-five percent (95%) say the character of a presidential candidate is important to their vote, but only 29% say the character of a candidate is more important than his or her specific policy proposals.