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New Poll: Clinton Loses Lead Ahead Of GOP Convention

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost her three point lead against Republican challenger Donald Trump in a new NBC weekly tracking poll published Tuesday.

The presumed nominee still holds a slight lead over Trump, carrying 46 percent compared to Trump’s 45 percent of likely voters. But when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are included in the poll, Clinton falls completely behind Trump.

Trump earned 40 percent, and Clinton earned only 39 percent of the vote. Johnson earned 10 percent of the vote, and Stein earned 5 percent.

The poll was conducted either online or over the phone, and 9,353 likely voters responded to the survey. The poll was conducted with free online survey provider SurveyMonkey.

The poll also asked respondents their views about their respective party unity. Eleven percent of Republicans think that their party is united today, and 50 percent thought the Republican Party would be united by November. The remaining 40 percent were more skeptical, saying they didn’t think the party would become united before the general election in November.

On the Democratic side of the spectrum, there is much more optimism about the party’s chances. Forty-five percent agree that the Democratic party is united, since Senator Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Forty percent of Democrats agree that the party will become unified by the time elections roll around, while 15 percent think that the party will remain divided until after the November elections.

The NBC poll is not the first documented instance of Clinton losing ground against Trump. Last week, CBS published a poll in which Clinton lost a double digit lead to tie with Trump at 40 percent.

The margin of error for the NBC poll was a scarce 1.4 percent.

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