- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are tied in a four-way match-up in the presidential race, according to a CBS/New York Times poll released Thursday.

Among likely voters, Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton were tied at 42 percent apiece in the survey, with Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson at 8 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 4 percent.

Head-to-head, Mrs. Clinton had a 2-point, 46 percent to 44 percent, lead over Mr. Trump.

Among a broader pool of registered voters, Mrs. Clinton had a 5-point, 46 percent to 41 percent, lead over Mr. Trump head-to-head. In a four-way match-up, she had a 2-point, 41 percent to 39 percent, lead over Mr. Trump, with Mr. Johnson at 11 percent and Ms. Stein at 5 percent.

The survey indicated that Trump supporters are more excited about voting than Clinton supporters are. Forty-five percent of Trump voters say they are “very enthusiastic” about voting, compared to 36 percent of Clinton supporters who feel that way.

Enthusiasm among Republican voters has stayed the same compared to a month ago, while enthusiasm among Democratic voters has dropped. The percentage of Democratic voters who are at least somewhat enthusiastic has dropped from 77 percent in August to 64 percent today, and the percentage of Democrats who are very enthusiastic has fallen from 47 percent to 38 percent.

The CBS/NYT poll is one of five surveys that the Commission on Presidential Debates uses in its calculations to determine which candidates will get invitations to the upcoming debates. Candidates must hit a 15 percent polling threshold to qualify.

Neither Mr. Johnson nor Ms. Stein has hit the 15 percent threshold in recent surveys from ABC News/The Washington Post, CNN/ORC, and Fox News — three other surveys the CPD is using in its calculations.

The CPD also uses the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in its criteria. An NBC/WSJ released in early August after the Democratic National Convention had Mr. Johnson at 10 percent and Ms. Stein at 5 percent.

The CBS/NYT survey was conducted from Sept. 9-13.

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