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Clinton Ahead Nationally Amid Widespread Dissatisfaction: Poll

Hillary Clinton continues to lead nationally despite widespread dissatisfaction with the Benghazi decision.

The Hill reports:

Clinton leads Trump by 9 points, 51 percent to 42 percent, in a two-way contest, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

The former secretary of State continues to lead the businessman, 45 percent to 36 percent, in a three-way contest that includes Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, who draws 11 percent.

But less than half of registered voters in either party, 43 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans, say they’re satisfied with their presidential choices.

Republicans are less satisfied with Trump than they were with presidential nominees John McCain in 2008, with 47 percent, and Mitt Romney in 2012, with 52 percent. Meanwhile, satisfaction among Democrats is down sharply, from 64 percent in 2012 for President Obama to 43 percent now.

Still, many Americans are interested in the election: Eighty percent of registered voters say they’ve given “quite a lot” of thought to the election, the highest since 1992.

That compares to 72 percent in the 2008 election and 67 percent in the 2012 election.

Many said they’re voting for Trump or Clinton in protest of the other candidate.

More than half of Trump’s supporters, 55 percent, say they’d vote for him as an act against Clinton, compared to 41 percent who say they want to vote for Trump.

That’s slightly less opposition than in 2012, when 58 percent of Mitt Romney voters backed him in opposition to Barack Obama, but much more than in previous elections.

Clinton supporters are more divided. Among Democrats, 50 percent describe their vote for Clinton as a vote against her opponent, while 48 percent view it as support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Democrats are voting more in opposition this year than in previous elections, including in 2012, when just 22 percent described their vote as against Romney instead of for Obama.

Clinton and Trump are set to be officially nominated at each party’s national convention later this month.

The Pew survey of 2,245 adults including 1,655 registered voters was conducted June 15–26.

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