- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has cut what had been a double-digit lead for Hillary Clinton two months ago down to single digits, according to a poll released Monday.

Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Trump by about 5 percentage points, 45.6 percent to 40.4 percent, according to the USA Today/Suffolk University poll. Rounding would give Mrs. Clinton a 6-point, 46 percent to 40 percent, lead.

That’s about in line with the lead Mrs. Clinton holds in an average of recent national polling. Two months ago, she had led Mr. Trump in the USA Today/Suffolk poll by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent.

In the new poll, 61 percent reported feeling alarmed about the election, compared to 23 percent who said they feel excited and 9 percent who said they feel bored.

Mrs. Clinton led among females voters by a 12-point, 50 percent to 38 percent, margin, while Mr. Trump led among men by 2 points, 43 percent to 41 percent.

More than nine in 10 Clinton supporters and more than nine in 10 Trump supporters said they’re firm in their choice.

But majorities still said they have an unfavorable opinion of both Mrs. Clinton (53 percent) and Mr. Trump (60 percent).

Six in 10 Trump supporters, 62 percent, said they think he will actually win the election, compared to 89 percent of Clinton supporters who said they think she will win.

In a four-way race, Mrs. Clinton held a 4-point lead over Mr. Trump, 39 percent to 35 percent, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 percent.

The national survey of 1,000 registered voters was taken from June 26-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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