CNN/ORC Poll: Trump Only Six Points Behind Clinton In Presidential Race

| by Sean Kelly

A new CNN/ORC poll showed Donald Trump closing in on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the national race for president in 2016.

According to the sampling, released Wednesday, Trump is now within six points of Clinton; while Clinton is still in the lead with 51 percent of registered voters supporting her, Trump now garnered 45 percent, CNN reports. Last month, Trump was behind the former Secretary of State by 16 points.

Nearly 80 percent of Republicans voted in support of Trump, a significant increase from 67 percent in July. Clinton, however, is still the frontrunner for both the Democratic nomination and the general election. She has the largest lead over GOP candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, with a 53 to 43 percent lead.

In multiple polls, Trump has proven to be the favored candidate among those running for the Republican nomination, according to The Hill. Meanwhile, Clinton has begun struggling to keep her lead among Democrats as many have begun to question her transparency and trustworthiness due to the ongoing investigation into her use of a personal email address for conducting government business. 

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted between Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, and included interview with 1,001 adult Americans, which included 897 registered voters. The margin of error for the total sampling is plus or minus 3 percentage points; the margin of error for the registered voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Sources: CNN, The Hill

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