Hillary Up By Five In New National Poll

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is ahead of Republican nominee Donald Trump by five percent among likely voters in the race for the presidency, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

Clinton leads with 49 percent, Trump follows with 44 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 3 percent, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 2 percent. This represents a low for Johnson who peaked at 13 percent in July in the CNN poll.

Fourteen percent of voters in the poll have not made up their mind regarding who they will vote. The poll also shows that voters are more motivated to vote due to their support for their respective candidate than out of opposition to another candidate.

Clinton has a better favorability rating in the poll of net negative six percent. Trump has a net favorability rating of negative 16 percent. The poll shows that Trump is the preferred candidate among likely voters when it comes to the economy. Clinton leads among likely voters with immigration, foreign policy, terrorism, and nominating justices to the supreme court.

Likely voters by a margin of 61 percent to 29 percent think Hillary outperformed Trump in the three presidential debates. While likely voters think Trump is slightly more honest than Hillary, 43 percent to 42 percent, those same voters think Hillary is more admirable by a margin of 13 percent.

While Trump has championed trade and immigration, those two are among the three least important issues to voters. The least important issue for voters is climate change. The most important issues of likely voters polled are the economy, health care and terrorism, respectively.

Voters about equally in the poll believe that Hillary’s handling of emails as secretary of state, and “the way Trump treats women” are important indicators of how they’d serve as president, 64 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

Trump leads among men 47 percent to 44 percent, and Hillary is ahead with women 52 percent to 39 percent. Among white voters, Trump is ahead 52 percent to 39 percent, while Clinton leads with non-whites 72 percent to 20 percent. Trump is ahead with independent voters 43 percent to 41 percent.

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted over the phone from October 20 to October 23 and was of 779 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.