White House Watch: Clinton Edges Back Ahead

White House Watch: Clinton Edges Back Ahead

White House Watch: Clinton Edges Back Ahead

The FINANCIAL -- Hillary Clinton has slipped back into the lead in the latest White House Watch survey.

The new Rasmussen Reports daily telephone and online survey shows Clinton leading Donald Trump 43% to 41% among Likely U.S. Voters. Five percent (5%) favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, his poorest showing to date, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein holds steady at two percent (2%). Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Clinton was ahead by seven points a week ago – 45% to 38% - following the airing of a video showing Trump making graphic sexual remarks, but she lost ground during the week as voters responded to the candidates’ Sunday night debate. On Thursday and Friday, Trump held a slight 43% to 41% lead.

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. Two of the three nights in the latest survey follow the release of a New York Times story alleging Trump’s sexual harassment of several women. Trump has adamantly denied the allegations. Clinton, meanwhile, has been beset by WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of internal Democratic Party e-mails, raising further legal and ethical questions about her and her campaign.

A high-to-date of 86% say they have now made up their minds how they will vote. Among these voters, it’s Clinton 48%, Trump 47%, Johnson three percent (3%), Stein two percent (2%). Among voters who could still change their minds, it’s Clinton 36%, Trump 29%, Johnson 25% and Stein 10%.

Clinton has 78% support among her fellow Democrats, while 74% of Republicans back Trump. The two are now virtually tied among voters not affiliated with either major party, a group that has generally favored Trump in the past. Sixteen percent (16%) of Democrats like the GOP candidate; 10% of Republicans prefer Clinton. Unaffiliated voters are still the most likely to say they could change their minds between now and Election Day.

Clinton continues to lead among women and is tied with Trump among men, another group in which the GOP hopeful has usually been ahead.

Those under 40 favor Clinton. Trump still leads among older voters. The older the voter, the more likely they are to have already made up their minds.

Trump remains ahead among whites. Clinton still dominates the black vote and posts a seven-point lead among other minorities.

Sixty percent (60%) of Americans consider themselves middle class, and another 16% say they’re upper-middle class. But 63% of voters say the economy is unfair to the middle class.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it has confirmed hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states and has offered to provide states free testing of their systems before Election Day. While most voters are concerned about their state’s election system being hacked, they think state and local officials will do a better job protecting their vote than the feds will.

If the unthinkable took place and Clinton was forced for health reasons to step down as the Democratic presidential nominee, nearly half (48%) of voters in her party say Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders should take her place.