US: Hillary Clinton’s lead shrinks 0

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump has slimmed in a new national poll. The Morning Consult poll, released Sunday, shows the former secretary of state has 42 percent of the votes as compared to the New York billionaire having a 40 percent support. The survey has the same — 2 percentage points — margin of error.

Clinton was leading Trump by 7 points in the same poll, 44 percent to 37 percent, only three weeks ago. Clinton maintained her 2 points lead over Trump in the poll in a four-way match-up that included Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. She received 38 percent to his 36 percent. In that scenario, Johnson earned 9 percent, while Stein bagged 4 percent.

Approximately 13 percent of likely voters have not decided yet or say they prefer another candidate. The poll was conducted on September 1-2 of 2,001 registered voters. Clinton has led Trump throughout most of the 2016 presidential campaign. But her lead in recent polls has slimmed.

Rather, in the Rasmussen poll, released on Friday, Trump took over Clinton in terms of national support. The Rasmussen poll put Trump ahead of Clinton by a tiny 1-point lead, 40 percent to 39 percent. But according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton still leads Trump by about 4 points nationally.

Protesters march outside of Great Faith Ministries Church in Detroit before a visit by US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on September 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)

Trump has been trying to refocus his campaign over the past weeks, laying out in detail his immigration plans and economic policies. He has also directed fierce attacks against Clinton regarding an email fiasco, as well as her allegedly declining health.

Clinton, on the other hand, has been trying to fend off criticism about the lack of clarity surrounding the Clinton foundation. Trump’s campaign has accused her of engaging in “pay-for-play” with the family foundation’s donors.

The organization has come under bipartisan fire for its foreign funding and the suspicious nature of its activities over the past years. In early August, newly released emails from Clinton’s time as the former secretary of state raised questions about possible links between the department and the Clinton Foundation.