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Clinton Loses Ground With Independent Voters

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slid with independent voters in the latest NBC national poll released Tuesday.

Clinton held a double-digit lead with independent voters in several polls in late August. Her lead is now restricted to two points, leading 38 percent to Republican nominee Donald Trump’s 36 percent among independent voters.

Clinton’s lead in the head-to-head poll also fell to 48 percent, while Trump’s numbers rose to 44 percent.

The four-way poll further reduced Clinton’s lead to only two points. Clinton earned 42 percent, and Trump earned 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson polled at 11 percent, surprising due to the Sept. 8 Aleppo gaffe. Green Party candidate Jill Stein carried her usual 4 points.

Clinton lost ground with independent voters Sept. 6 as well. The Red Oak Strategic poll found that Clinton’s support fell from 35.6 percent to 30.9 percent in two week’s time.

The NBC poll ran from Sept. 5 through Sept. 11, 2016. The poll surveyed 16,220 registered voters, and carried an error estimate of 1.1 percentage points in either direction.

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