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    Trump Surges in New Poll; Now Within One Point of Clinton

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    In yet another poll in America’s rancorous election season, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pulled to within a point of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

    The results of the ABC News/Washington Post tracking, released October 30, show Trump's "resurgence" over the past week – lifting him to taking 45% of the vote compared to Clinton's 46%. Third party candidates Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party) have 4% and 2% of the vote, respectively.

    The poll reports that about a third of voters said they were less likely to support Clinton in light of FBI Director James Comey's announcement October 28 that he was investigating still more Clinton emails that had turned up and caused the bureau to reopen its probe of her handling of classified information while secretary of state. Sixty-three percent said the revelations made no difference. 

    People mostly still expect Clinton to win, the poll reveals – 60 percent, according to their count. She is seen as both more qualified (by an 18-point margin) and more moral (by an eight-point margin) than her rival. 

    And yet somehow, despite recent numerous allegations of sexual impropriety and assault, Trump has managed to cover Clinton’s 12-point lead in the same poll last week, The Hill points out. The sudden tightness of the race means if Clinton supporters are complacent in expecting a victory, it could hurt her chances. 

    The two candidates are ranked nearly evenly – 46% for Clinton and 43% for Trump – on whether they understand "the problems of people like you," a question the pollsters say was important in Barack Obama’s 2012 victory over Mitt Romney. 

    The poll questioned 1,160 likely voters from Oct. 25 – 28 and has a margin of error of three points. The US presidential elections will take place on November 8.


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