The FINANCIAL -- Hillary Clinton appears unbruised so far from the reopening of the FBI’s investigation of her and holds a slight lead as the final full week of the campaign begins.
The latest Rasmussen Reports White House Watch national telephone and online survey finds Clinton with 45% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Trump’s 42%. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has five percent (5%) of the vote, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein earns two percent (2%). Another two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Clinton and Trump were tied with 45% each on Friday. They were within two points or less of each other nationally all last week in a survey with a +/- 2.5% margin of error.
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. This survey is the first in which one of the nights follows FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Friday that his agency is reopening the investigation of Clinton’s handling of classified information after the discovery of tens of thousands of previously unseen private e-mails.
In a survey less than two weeks ago but before the latest FBI announcement, 70% of voters said Clinton’s mishandling of classified information is important to their vote for president, and 53% disagreed with the FBI’s decision in July not to seek a criminal indictment against her.
In the latest survey, 86% of voters say they are now sure of how they will vote. Among these voters, it’s Clinton 49%, Trump 47%, Johnson three percent (3%) and Stein one percent (1%). Among voters who still could change their minds, it’s Clinton 40%, Trump 29%, Johnson 21% and Stein nine percent (9%).
Clinton and Trump both earn about 80% of the vote from those in their respective parties. Trump still holds a small lead among voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties.
Men prefer Trump, while women favor Clinton.
The Democrat has a two-to-one lead among voters under 40, while their elders opt for the GOP nominee by smaller margins. The younger the voter, however, the less certain he or she is of their vote.
Trump posts a double-digit lead among whites. But Clinton continues to hold an overwhelming advantage among blacks and is well ahead among other minority voters. Whites are surest of how they will vote.
Only 23% of Democrats think Clinton should quit the presidential race if she is indicted for a felony as a result of the e-mail investigation. Seventy-one percent (71%) say she should keep running until a court determines her guilt or innocence.
Most voters see America as a divided nation and only expect things to get worse over the next year no matter who the next president is.
With President Obama enjoying higher approval ratings in his final year than he has for most of his presidency, it’s perhaps no surprise that 70% of Democrats would rather vote for him than for Clinton or Trump if it was legal for him to be on the ballot again.