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Clinton Maintains Lead In New National Poll

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton maintained her lead in the latest national Politico/Morning Consult poll published Tuesday.

Clinton leads Republican nominee Donald Trump by 5 points, earning 42 percent in the four way race. Trump earns a paltry 37 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling at 10 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein is rounding out the pack with her usual 3 percent.

Clinton also holds a 5-point-lead over Trump in the head-to-head poll among likely voters. Clinton earns 46 percent and Trump earns 41 percent.

Democrats also lead on a generic congressional ballot, with 44 percent to 39 percent, indicating that national sentiment is turning against a Republican-controlled Congress. Seventy-five percent of all voters feel the Republican Party is divided today, and only 10 percent of likely voters assert that the GOP is united in its stand against Clinton.

“In the first poll taken since the debate, voters say Clinton performed better than Trump and we see her lead grow, but not by the same margins it did after the first debate,” Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer Kyle Dropp wrote in the accompanying statement.

“What has skyrocketed is that three quarters of Republicans now view their party as divided. That is up 20 points since the GOP convention in Cleveland.”

Clinton won the second presidential debate, according to the poll. Forty-two percent of voters report they felt Clinton won, compared to 28 percent who said the same of Trump. Thirteen percent of Republicans also report Clinton won the debate.

Monday’s NBC national poll reports an 11-point-lead over Trump in the four way race, and a 15-point-lead in the head to head poll. That poll was conducted Saturday and Sunday, after Trump’s 2005 comments were published, but before the debate Sunday evening.

The Politico poll included 1,757 likely voters, and included a margin of error of 3 percentage points in either direction. The polling took place Monday, Oct 10.

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