Politics

Polls Show Trump, Clinton Close

Presumptive GOP nominee in a competitive position for the general election

Eric Trump, right, son of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and his wife, Lara, speak at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina in March. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Yet another national poll shows presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a head-to-head fight against likely Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton.  

A new Fox News survey  of registered voters gives the New York real estate mogul a 3 percentage point lead, 45-42 percent, over the former secretary of State. The result, however, puts Clinton within the poll’s 3-point margin of error, a metric political professionals use to gauge the true competitiveness of any race.  

The poll, conducted by a private firm, surveyed 1,021 randomly chosen registered voters between May 14-17.  

It follows a Morning Consult survey released Monday showing Trump within 2 percentage points of the Democratic front-runner.   

Taken together, the polls suggest Trump will begin the general election campaign very competitive against Clinton.  

The two survey findings are in line with an average of trusted polls compiled by RealClearPolitics , which puts Clinton ahead nationwide by 3.3 percentage points.  

[Trump, House Prospects Boost Dem Cash Haul] Of the six polls RCP looked at, a Rasmussen survey  gave Trump his widest lead at 5 percentage points. Clinton’s biggest advantage was 13 points in a CNN/ORC poll .  

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