Donald Trump has established a slight lead over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election race, according to new opinion polls. The Republican candidate had been lagging behind, but may have crept ahead of the Democratic nominee in the last week, the surveys suggested. However, forecasters say Mr. Trump’s lead was still within the polls’ error margins and experts emphasised it was too soon to call the election outcome.
Survey data released by American polling company Rasmussen Reports showed the lead Ms. Clinton had enjoyed for most of the contest had disappeared and put her behind Mr. Trump for the first time since mid-July.
The latest weekly White House Watch report by the group, which targets likely voters by telephone and an online survey, showed Mr. Trump to have the support of 40 percent of the US electorate, versus 39 percent who said they supported Ms. Clinton. The results are very different to the previous week’s report, which put Ms. Clinton at 42% and Mr. Trump at 38%.
On Friday, Reuters reported the Republican candidate had pulled into a tie with his Democratic rival, based on their latest national tracking poll, produced in collaboration with Ipsos.
The poll showed the same results as the Rasmussen Reports data for the week beginning 26 August.
The news agency reported that Mr. Trump has erased a substantial deficit and consolidated support among his party’s likely voters in recent weeks.
Mr. Trump’s support among Republican voters increased six percentage points in the past fortnight, Reuters/Ipsos found, to about 78 percent.
Meanwhile, Ms. Clinton has faced renewed criticism over her handling of classified information while serving as US secretary of state, and her family’s charitable foundation has come under intense scrutiny over donations it accepted.
Polling aggregators, which calculate averages of major polls, have shown that Ms. Clinton’s lead has been shrinking for the past few weeks. But in contradiction to the two new surveys, those averages still put her ahead of Mr. Trump by between three and six percentage points.
Trump’s border wall split the voters, with 46 percent in favor, and 45 opposed to the idea. Sixty-eight percent of overall voters supported the idea of allowing anyone to enter the country as long as they could support themselves financially.
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