The latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, seemingly a reflection of the negative sentiment directed at Clinton’s campaign after FBI director James Comey said an investigation would be launched again into her email server, shows Trump has 46 percent and Clinton is at 45 percent.
The poll was carried out among likely voters between Oct. 27 and Oct. 30. Comey made his announcement on Oct. 28. Clinton’s drop behind Trump is a first since May in the poll, ABC noted.
“Forty-six percent of likely voters support Trump in the latest results, with 45 percent for Clinton. Taking it to the decimal for illustrative purposes, a mere .7 of a percentage point divides them. Third-party candidate Gary Johnson has 3 percent, a new low; Jill Stein, 2 percent,” ABC wrote.
About 53 percent of people voting for Trump are “very enthusiastic” while 45 percent of those for Clinton are “very enthusiastic.” Clinton lost 7 points since the start of tracking.
“Clinton and Trump receive similar support among fellow partisans, but Trump maintains an 18-point edge among political independents, significantly higher than Republicans have held in recent elections,” the Post wrote.
Trump, meanwhile, holds a 53-28 percent lead among voters who don’t lean toward either Democrats or Republicans, representing about 10 percent of likely voters, the pollsters found.
The RealClear Politics polling average for Oct. 22 to Oct. 31 shows Clinton ahead by a margin of 2.4 percentage points, where she has 47.7 percent support.