Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donal Trump in these 2016 file photos. Young people across racial and ethnic lines are more likely to say they trust Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump to handle instances of police violence against African-Americans. But young whites are more likely to say they trust Trump to handle violence committed against the police. (AP Photo) (AP)

Donald Trump cut Hillary Clinton's lead in half in a matter of weeks, Quinnipiac poll reveals

Clinton was ahead by 10 points; in August, by September, Trump whittled the deficit to just five

Brendan Gauthier
September 15, 2016 12:16AM (UTC)

The latest Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows the presidential race tightening substantially, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leading her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by just five points nationally (48% to 43%).

Compare that to Quinnipiac's August 25 poll, which had Trump down 10 points (41% to Clinton's 51%).


A majority of both Clinton and Trump voters polled admitted they're not so much supporting a candidate as they are voting against the other.

The poll found that 54% of Clinton's voters said they're voting against Trump; while 66% of Trump voters said they're voting against Clinton.

"It's the definition of 'damned by faint praise,'" said the poll's assistant director, Tim Malloy in a statement. "A presidential contest where a vote for a candidate is less an endorsement of that candidate than a stinging rejection of his or her opponent."


The poll of 960 likely voters was conducted over phone between Sept. 8-13. The margin of error is +/-3.2%.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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