Poll: Donald Trump Close to Hillary Clinton, GOP Support Dips


Donald Trump is four points behind Hillary Clinton, 40 percent to 44 percent, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

Twelve percent of respondents picked other candidates, and four percent said they they’re undecided, according to the Rasmussen Aug. 1 to Aug. 2 poll of 1,000 likely voters, says a company statement Aug. 4. 

The poll shows a drop for Trump from mid-July, reflecting less support among Republicans.

“Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans now support Trump, down from 86% a week ago, while Clinton’s support among Democrats has risen from 79% last week to 82% this week. Fourteen percent (14%) of Republicans now prefer Clinton, while 11% of Democrats support Trump,” said the statement.

But that drop is partly offset by Trump’s gain among independents. “Trump once again leads Clinton among voters not affiliated with either party 41% to 29% after Clinton held a five-point lead a week ago,” Rasmussen said.

The two third-party candidates pull support from both parties. “Johnson draws support from three percent (3%) of Republicans, two percent (2%) of Democrats and 14% of voters not affiliated with either party. Stein picks up five percent (5%) of the vote from unaffiliated and just two percent (2%) support each from Republicans and Democrats,” Rasmussen said.