New poll shows Clinton leading Trump by almost 6 points
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New poll shows Clinton leading Trump by almost 6 points

Democratic candidate’s popularity rises slightly after DNC, but a quarter of likely voters in survey picked neither nominee

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses delegates during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses delegates during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB)

A poll published over the weekend gave Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a six point lead over Republican Donald Trump, a day after her acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

The Ipsos/Reuters online survey of 1,043 likely voters found that nearly 41 percent of those polled favored Clinton while 35% favored Trump. Some 25% picked “other” in the poll.

The survey had a margin of error of 4%.

Reuters said the wording of the poll was changed slightly from “neither/other” to just “other” after an internal review found that the “neither/other” option has sometimes “siphoned support away” from the candidates.

A separate Ipsos/Reuters poll found that Clinton and Trump were tied at 37% when partnered with two more options: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

In that survey of 1,426 likely voters, 5% favored Johnson, while Stein was preferred by 1% of those polled. It had a margin of error of 3%.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

Last week, a day before the DNC began, a CNN/ORC poll gave Trump a five-point lead over Clinton in a four-way race, and a three-point lead when going head-to-head.

The four-way poll gave Trump 44% to Clinton’s 39%, with Johnson at 9% and Stein trailing with 3%.

In a two-way head-to-head, respondents gave Trump a three-point lead with 48% compared to 45% for Clinton.

Trump’s figures increased by 6% when compared to support before the Republican National Convention — the week before which confirmed him as the party’s choice for president.

It was also the biggest post-convention jump in CNN polls since 2000.

According to the CNN, the boost for Trump came mostly from independent voters, with 43% saying they will likely back Trump post-convention, compared to 41% who said they won’t.

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