The fight to be the next President of the United States is going to be between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but a third-party candidate or two could join the race. Still, it’s expected that the Republican candidate or Democratic candidate will end up taking the seat after it’s all said and done. As of now, the 2016 presidential polls have them running almost deadlocked and even, but that could change in a moment’s notice.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump, but it isn’t by a large margin. She currently has a mere two-point advantage on Trump, and that is the closest the race has been shown by any other polls.
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While Clinton has 42 percent and Trump has 40 percent, there is a margin of error of two percentage points as pointed out by Jezebel, and that leads to a virtual tie.
Less than a month ago on June 1, a poll saw Clinton with a four-point lead over Trump, and it’s not difficult to see what this new poll means. Yes, it does indeed mean that Trump is gaining ground on Clinton in his race for the presidency, and it’s happening rather quickly.
Tim Malloy is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll and he issued a press release that states people need to realize this is the situation that America is in.
“This is where we are. Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don’t like. And they don’t think either candidate would be a good president.”
In the poll, voters said that they believe Donald Trump would be better at “handling ISIS” than Clinton would be and that he could create more jobs. Those favoring Clinton believe she would do a better job on sending U.S. troops overseas, handling immigration, dealing with crises on an international level, and “getting things done in Washington.”
As Clinton’s overall lead over Trump gets smaller, Politico reports that she is still leading in seven swing states across the battleground. Her lead was smallest in Iowa (4 points), and her largest lead came in Michigan, where she has a massive 17-point lead as of the end of June.
Clinton also has double-digit leads in North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania, while having single-digit leads over Trump in Virginia and Ohio.
In an interesting twist, prospective voters were also polled to see how House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ohio Gov. John Kasich would do against Clinton in those states. Sure, they are not the Republican candidate as that belongs to Trump, but the numbers are quite staggering.
Ryan polled better than Clinton in Virginia, Ohio, and Iowa. At the same time, Kasich did better than Clinton in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan.
One more very intriguing statistic to take note of is that Quinnipiac says 61 percent of those surveyed believe the 2016 election has increased the amount of hatred and prejudice in the United States. A mere 34 percent say it has had no impact.
Of that 61 percent, the majority (67 percent) place the blame on Donald Trump, while just 16 percent blame Hillary Clinton.
As June comes to an end, the 2016 presidential election race is virtually tied in the polls between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Everyone knows that isn’t how things are going to end up as someone truly and definitely needs to win. A third-party candidate could take some votes away from one or the other while some voters could swing their votes in different directions, but there needs to be a winner to take the presidency.
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