Clinton Erases Trump Lead in New National Poll

     (CN) – Hillary Clinton has erased Donald Trump’s lead in the latest Rasmussen poll, another sign Monday night’s presidential candidate debate at Hofstra University in New York has given the Democrat a nice bump in support.
     Trump had been surging in the Rasmussen poll in recent weeks, and last week pulled ahead of Clinton, 44 percent to 39 percent.
     But Rasmussen Reports’ first daily White House Watch survey since the debate suggests the moment has shifted. As of this morning, Clinton leads Trump 42 percent to 41 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson garnered 7 percent and Green Party nominee 2 percent.
     Three percent of respondents said they would support some other candidate, and five percent remain undecided.
     Following Monday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running virtually even in Rasmussen Reports’ first daily White House Watch survey.
     Eighty percent of those polled said they are sure which candidate they will vote for, and among these voters, Clinton and Trump are tied with 48 percent support each.
     In other findings: Clinton and Trump each have the support of 79 percent of the voters of their respective parties. Ten percent of Democrats favor Trump, while 13 percent of Republicans opt for Clinton.
     Trump leads by 12 points among voters not affiliated with either major political party, but Johnson earns 15 percent support in this group. The Libertarian hopeful also picks up 4 percent of Republicans and two percent 2 of Democrats.
     Stein gets 6 percent of the unaffiliated vote and remains in low single digits among the voters of the two major parties.
     Forty-six percent of voters think Clinton is qualified to be president versus 35 percent who feel that way about Trump.
     The GOP nominee has a nine-point advantage among men, while his Democratic rival posts an identical lead among women. Women voters are slightly more likely than men to be sure of their vote.
     Clinton is still well ahead among voters under 40, although these voters are less certain of how they will vote than their elders are. Over 80 percent of those 40 and over are sure of their vote, and they prefer Trump by 10 points.
     Trump remains ahead among whites. Clinton maintains her overwhelming lead among blacks and is still slightly ahead among other minority voters.
     Fifty-one percent of all voters consider the Clinton-Trump debates more important than the presidential candidate debates in previous elections.
     However, they also said they believe debate moderators will be helping Clinton more than Trump.
     The survey of 1,500 Likely Voters was conducted on September 26-28, 2016, and has a margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
     Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
     Starting today, the White House Watch will update daily, Monday through Friday, based on a three-day rolling average of 1,500 Likely U.S. Voters.

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