NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The presidential race is a lot closer now than it was weeks ago. It is just a five point lead for Hillary Clinton and that is very close to a dead heat.
According to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released today, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 48 – 43 percent among likely voters nationwide. Late last month, Trump was down 10 points to Hillary Clinton. Right now he’s down just five points.
Racial and gender gaps continue to divide voters. White voters back Trump 51 – 41 percent and non-white voters back Clinton 66 – 19 percent. More men are backing Trump while more women are backing Clinton.
Tim Malloy, the assistant director with the Quinnipiac University Poll told News 8 Trump has made a very significant move and the timing is interesting.
“It came during a period where Hillary Clinton did fell ill in New York that’s when we were calling in between that period including the period where she called some Trump supporters a basket of deplorable so is that a factor maybe maybe not but a move was made by Trump for some reason in the last week,” said Malloy.
Malloy says the health of a candidate is always going to be a question. Clinton is 68 and Trump is 70. The poll also finds that most Americans are voting against rather than for a candidate.
The first Clinton/Trump presidential debate will take place Monday September 26th at Hofstra University.