By Phillip Stucky, DCNF
A growing number of likely voters reported they were less likely to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll published Sunday.
Thirty-four percent of likely voters reported they were “less likely” to vote for Clinton than they were before the FBI announced Friday they had re-opened their investigation into the private Clinton email server.
Republican nominee Donald Trump drastically reduced Clinton’s lead, statistically tying the Democratic nominee 46 to 45 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earned 4 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein rounded out the pack with 2 percent of the vote.
Trump had 38 percent support from likely voters in the Oct. 22 poll, and Clinton had 50 percent in the same poll.
Despite the ongoing email issue, more voters said that Clinton possessed a “stronger moral character” than Trump, at 46 percent compared to 38 percent of likely voters who reported they felt Trump had a stronger moral character. Fifty-four percent of voters felt that Clinton was more qualified to serve as president than Trump, while 36 percent of voters reported that Trump was more qualified.
Clinton currently leads in the Real Clear head-to-head average by 4.3 percent, earning 47.6 percent compared to Trump’s 43.3 percent. Clinton carried a ten-point lead in a CNBC poll published Tuesday, earning 47 percent of likely voters. Trump earned 37 percent in the same poll.
The Washington Post poll surveyed 1,781 likely voters in an online survey, for a margin of error of 2.5 percent in either direction.
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