Donald Trump Is Closing The Gap In National Polling

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Hillary Clinton remains ahead of Donald Trump in most national polls, but Trump is rapidly closing the gap and has reached an all-time high in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) national polling average.

In the RCP average of the eight most recent national polls Sunday, Hillary is at 45 percent, Trump follows at 41.6 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 5 percent, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 2.1 percent. This represents a high for Trump in the national polling average, while Clinton’s high is 46.2 percent.

The two polls to come out Sunday show Trump and Clinton essentially tied as Hillary’s lead is within the margin of error. In the ABC News/Washinton Post daily tracking poll of the country, Clinton is ahead with 46 percent and Trump is at 45 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. Just a week ago, Clinton was ahead by 12 percent in the same poll.

The ABC poll found that nearly a third of likely voters said they are less inclined to support to Clinton after the FBI disclosed they are re-opening their investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email server. (RELATED: New Poll: 34 Percent ‘Less Likely’ To Vote For Clinton After New Email Revelations)

Clinton leads among likely voters, 54 percent to 36 percent, when it comes to which candidate they believe is most qualified to serve in the Oval Office. The two major-party candidates are essentially tied when it comes to which candidate likely voters think “better understands” the problems of people like them.

One finding that bodes well for Trump and his wing of the Republican Party is that 66 percent of likely voters polled disagree with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to campaign for Trump.

In the Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence tracking poll that came out Sunday, Clinton is at 44.1 percent, and Trump is at 41. 6 percent among likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent. The IBD poll shows similar demographic splits that have been shown all election. Clinton leads with voters aged 18 to 44 and Trump leads among those over the age of 45.

The New York real estate developer holds an 11 percent lead among men, while the former secretary of state is ahead with women by 14 percent. Trump leads among white voters 49 percent to 37 percent, for Clinton respectively, while Clinton leads among Black/Hispanic voters 72 percent to 15 percent.