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Clinton’s Lead Shrinks to 5 Points in National Poll

In the latest national poll, Hillary Clinton’s lead has shrunk to 5 points.

The Hill reports:

Clinton tops her likely general election rival by 5 points, 45.6 to 40.4 percent, in the USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Monday.

Two months ago, Clinton led the businessman by double digits, 50 to 39 percent, in that poll.

Including Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein as potential options drops Clinton’s lead over Trump to 4 points, 39 percent to 35 percent.

Monday’s poll comes as both Clinton and Trump have solidified their standing as their parties’ presumptive nominees despite their in-the-red favorability ratings.

Fifty-three percent have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, 60 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, and one in five—or roughly 20 percent—have a negative opinion of both candidates, according to the poll.

David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today that voters who have a negative opinion of Clinton and Trump could end up “holding their noses and picking one of them or opting for a third-party option. Or staying home, come November.”

According to the poll, 61 percent of likely voters feel “alarmed” about the election, while 23 percent are “excited” and another 9 percent say they are “bored.”

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by landline and cell phone from June 26 to June 29. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

A Real Clear Politics average of general election polling has Clinton leading Trump by 4.5 percentage points, 44.8 to 40.3.

Monday’s poll does shed some light on whom likely GOP or Democratic voters want their respective candidates to pick as a running mate ahead of the conventions later this month.

By a 3-1 margin, Republicans want to Trump to pick someone with “Washington experience.” Likely Democratic voters want Clinton to pick a progressive running mate by a 2-1 margin.

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