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A double digit lead opens up in the Trump-Hillary presidential race

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump in a national poll.

Clinton and running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, are favored by 49 percent of voters, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. The Republican ticket with Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, have the support of 39 percent of voters.

The 10-point difference marks an increase in the lead by Clinton compared to last month’s 6-point lead over Trump.

The double-digit lead comes despite the fact that 61 percent of voters say Clinton is dishonest, according to the poll. A majority of the voters, 64 percent, still say the Democrat has the temperament and knowledge that qualify her to be president.

Fifty-eight percent of the voters surveyed thought Trump was not qualified to lead the country, lacking the temperament or knowledge to be president. His dishonesty rating was 62 percent.

Clinton is winning in certain voting blocs, favored by women by 23 points (57-34 percent), blacks by 83 (87-4 percent), Hispanics by 48 (68-20 percent), and voters under 30 by 18 (49-31 percent).

Trump is in the lead among whites by 10 points (49-39 percent), men by 5 (45-40 percent), white evangelical Christians by 50 (69-19 percent), and whites without a college degree by 16 (52-36 percent), according to the poll. He also beats Clinton with veterans, 53-39 percent.

Clinton has 87 percent of Democrats supporting her while Trump carries 78 percent of Republicans. Across the parties, 12 percent of Republicans back Clinton while only 5 percent of Democrats back Trump.

The poll also indicated that President Obama had a 52 percent approval rating, his highest since May 2011, which could be a positive thing for the Clinton campaign.

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Frieda Powers


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