The FINANCIAL -- Another day closer, another tie in the White House Watch survey.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tied with 44% support each for the second day in a row. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson again earns five percent (5%) of the vote, and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein remains at two percent (2%). Another two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are still undecided.
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. All three nights in the latest survey follow FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Friday that his agency is reopening the investigation of Clinton’s handling of classified information. The two were tied at 45% each on Friday morning.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters now say they are certain how they will vote. Among these voters, it’s Trump 49%, Clinton 48%, Johnson three percent (3%) and Stein one percent (1%). Among voters who still could change their minds, it’s Clinton 39%, Trump 31%, Johnson 22% and Stein seven percent (7%).
Clinton is the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party, but most voters, including the vast majority of women, insist that won’t make a difference when they cast their vote.
Trump has the support of 80% of Republicans and continues to hold a double-digit lead among voters not affiliated with either major party. Clinton has 84% of the Democratic vote. Both have just over 10% support among voters in the opposing party.
Johnson gets 11% of the unaffiliated vote, but these voters are also the most likely to say they could change their minds. Stein has low single-digit support among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
Clinton still has the advantage among women voters. Trump maintains a similar lead among men.
The Democrat now earns over 50% of the vote among younger voters. Her GOP rival has over 50% support among those 40 and older. Those under 40, however, are still far more likely to say they could change their minds between now and Election Day.
Trump remains well ahead among whites but is well behind among blacks and other minority voters.
In a survey less than two weeks ago but before the latest FBI announcement, 70% of all 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.
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