Clinton Slides Among Independent Voters In New Poll

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton slid among Independent voters in a new national poll published Tuesday.

Clinton has 30.9 percent support of Independent voters, down from 35.6 percent in a new poll by Red Oak Strategic. Republican nominee Donald Trump’s support among Independents grew from 24.4 percent to 26.4 percent in the most recent poll.

Overall, Clinton led the poll, at 34.1 percent to Trump’s 31.6 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earned 9.4 percent, but a fourth of likely voters reported they hadn’t yet made up their minds about the presidential race.

It took a poll between the two major party candidates to vault Clinton above the 50 percent mark, although Trump followed closely behind, at 51.8 to 48.2 percent.

Clinton won over 84.8 percent of Democratic voters, while Trump fell slightly among Republicans to 75.7 percent. Clinton won easily with college graduates, while Trump won with every less educated group.

Red Oak Strategic released its poll on the same day as two major competing polls — one conducted by CNN and the other by NBC. CNN’s poll showed Trump had a slight one-point lead over Clinton, while the NBC online poll showed that Clinton had a six-point lead nationally over Trump.

The poll included a sample size of 926 likely voters, and carried a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points in either direction. The poll was conducted from Sept. 1 through Sept. 2.

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