Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gained a small lead over Donald Trump in a recent national poll.
Despite growing controversy for both front-runners — including a lengthy FBI investigation into Clinton and a court case involving one of Trump’s former ventures — Clinton managed to gain a small four-point lead in a national poll published by Quinnipiac University Wednesday.
The poll, which sampled 1,561 respondents in nine states over landlines and cell phones, brought Clinton back up to previous numbers.
Quinnipiac found Clinton held the lead over Trump, with 40 percent support to his 38 percent, when respondents were asked to make a choice if there was a generic third party candidate in the race.
Surprisingly, Democratic wanna-be nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders polled much better against the conservative firebrand, earning a healthy 48 percent to Trump’s 39 percent. Sanders still can’t gain the support of the Democratic Party, earning only 39 percent of support with Democratic respondents. (RELATED: Poll Shows Tight Race Between Trump And Clinton)
“This is a tight race that will divide democrats and republicans, the young and old,… in the months ahead,” according to Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
In this poll, 57 percent of respondents state Clinton was some degree of unfavorable — compared to Trump’s slightly higher 59 percent. 47 percent of respondents stated they would rather have a backyard BBQ with Trump than the other candidates.
This slight lead for Clinton could indicate a growing support among conservatives, especially since only 678 respondents identified themselves as Democrats. Clinton, despite this handicap, national scandals and a high disapproval rate, still managed to gain a lead over Trump.
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