Hillary Clinton Has Slight Edge Over Donald Trump in New Poll

Nov 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton maintains a narrow three-point national lead over rival Donald Trump heading into the final days of the presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/CBS poll released Thursday.

Clinton's lead in the poll—which falls within the margin of error—is the latest sign that the race has tightened in recent weeks after a brief period when she led by double digits in some surveys. Clinton received the support of 45% of likely voters compared to 42% who say they support Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received support from 5% and 4% of likely voters respectively.

The Times/CBS poll is roughly consistent with other polling on the race. The Real Clear Politics average gives Clinton a lead of less than two percentage points.

The new poll was conducted entirely after the revelation from FBI Director James Comey last week that his agency was investigating a newly discovered trove of emails. That revelation shocked the race, but polling suggests that it did not change voters' minds.

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