- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 6 points head-to-head, according to a national Bloomberg politics poll of likely voters released Wednesday that showed a narrower advantage for Mrs. Clinton compared to June.

Mrs. Clinton had a 50 percent to 44 percent edge over Mr. Trump in the survey, which was conducted Friday through Monday.

In a four-way contest, Mrs. Clinton had a 4-point lead over Mr. Trump, 44 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 9 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 4 percent.

In a three-way match-up in June, Mrs. Clinton had held a 12-point, 49 percent to 37 percent, lead over Mr. Trump, with Mr. Johnson at 9 percent.

In the new poll, approximately six in 10 respondents reported an unfavorable view of both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.

Fifty-six percent of Trump supporters in the head-to-head contest said their vote was more to stop Mrs. Clinton from becoming president rather than to support Mr. Trump, while 56 of Clinton supporters in the head-to-head said their vote was more to support Mrs. Clinton.

State-level polls released Tuesday showed Mr. Trump competitive in Florida but trailing Mrs. Clinton in other key battleground states in head-to-head match-ups.

Mrs. Clinton had a 1-point, 46 percent to 45 percent, lead over Mr. Trump in Florida, a 4-point, 49 percent to 45 percent lead in Ohio, and a 10-point, 52 percent to 42 percent, lead in Pennsylvania, according to a set of Quinnipiac polls.

In the four-way match-ups, the races were one to two points closer in all three states.

A separate group of NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Tuesday showed Mrs. Clinton leading Mr. Trump by 4 points in Iowa, 41 percent to 37 percent, by 5 points in Ohio, 43 percent to 38 percent, and by 11 points in Pennsylvania, 48 percent to 37 percent.

In the four-way match-ups, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump were tied in Iowa, while she retained a 4-point lead in Ohio and a 9-point lead in Pennsylvania.

The Bloomberg and Quinnipiac surveys were of likely voters, while the NBC/WSJ/Marist polls were of a broader pool of registered voters.

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