Fox News Poll: Hillary Clinton’s Lead Shrinks to Two Points

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has statistically tied Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a Fox News poll released Wednesday afternoon.

Trump won 39 percent in the new poll to Clinton’s 41 percent, according to an announcement made on the Fox News program Special Report. The poll conducted from August 28-30 of 1,011 registered voters has a +/- 3 percent margin of error, making Trump and Clinton statistically tied.

“Head to head Trump has shaved four points off Clinton’s ten point lead earlier this month,” said show guest host Chris Wallace. Displayed were results of an August 4 poll that showed Clinton with 49 percent and Trump with 39 percent. That was compared to the new head-to-head results that have Trump up to 42 percent and Clinton down to 48.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson pulled nine percent of respondents in this most recent poll, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered four percent of the votes.

Trump leads among independents with 38 percent to Clinton’s 26 percent. Johnson took 20 percent of that contingent and Stein received just seven.

Among those identifying in the poll as “extremely” or “very” interested in this presidential election, 43 percent back Clinton, 42 percent back Trump. Just seven percent of these back Johnson, three percent Stein. This segment of respondents were 79 percent Democrat and 80 percent Republican.

Trump was up six points in favorability ratings in this survey to 42 percent from the earlier poll taken July 31-August 2. His unfavorable rating was 56. Clinton’s favorability was 45 percent with 53 percent unfavorable.

Seventy-four percent of those surveyed agreed that “will say anything to get elected” described Clinton. Sixty-eight percent of those asked said that phrase described Trump. Both candidates were described by respondents as not “honest and trustworthy,” with Clinton being considered less “honest and trustworthy.”

Trump appears to have more room to gain support among Republicans than Clinton among Democrats. Seventy-four percent of those self-identifying as Republican back Trump, whereas 81 percent of self-identifying Democrat respondents backed Clinton.

Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed agreed that “people should be required to show a valid form of state or federally issued photo identification to prove U.S. citizenship before being allowed to vote.”

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