Republican nominee Donald Trump increased his deficit to come within three points of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a new national poll published Saturday.
The Reuters/Ipsos online poll surveyed 1,154 likely voters nationwide. Clinton still held the lead at 42 percent, but Trump increased his standing to earn 39 percent, only a three point difference.
When Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson are added to the poll, Clinton maintains her 42 percent mark, but Trump’s numbers go down to 38 percent. Clinton’s favorability increased 7 points in the poll to 50 percent.
Trump’s favorability also increased, but by only one point to 44 percent. Trump still has a 56 percent unfavorable rating.
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Sixty four percent of all voters agreed that the country was on the wrong track, with only 23 percent saying the country was headed in the right direction. Republicans were more likely to say the country was on the wrong track with 85 percent.
Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all agreed that Terrorism and terrorist attacks were the biggest issue this election eason. 21 percent of Democrats, 31 percent of Republicans, and 21 percent of Independents picked Terrorism as the biggest issue.
The economy was second, 19 percent of Democrats, 22 percent of Republicans, and only 16 percent of Independents selected that as the most important issue of the election.
Before the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Clinton increased her lead to 13 points over Trump in the Reuters/Ipsos poll. Trump enjoyed a short-lived stint on top during the weekend after the RNC, but lost numbers after the Democratic National Convention gave Clinton a post-convention bump of her own.
The survey took place from July 31 to August 4, and surveyed 1,154 likely voters nationwide. Since the poll was online, a standard margin of error doesn’t apply according to Reuters. Instead, the researchers offered a “credibility interval” of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Reuters reports that means the results in the race are statistically even.
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