In one of the most disturbing developments yet for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a new CNN/ORC poll found Wednesday that the Democratic frontrunner leads Donald Trump by just six points in a hypothetical general election matchup. Less than one month ago, before the first GOP debate and the latest revelations about Clinton’s private email server, that gap stood at 16 points.
The survey, which was conducted on August 13-16 and has a margin of error of +/- three points, Clinton leads Trump 51-45% among registered voters. In July, she led him 56-40%. That six point gap matches the spread between Clinton and Walker, with the Democrat leading 52-46% (down from nine points in July). Meanwhile, Clinton now leads Jeb Bush by nine points (52-43% — up from five points in July). In the poll’s first head-to-head matchup between the only two female candidates in the race, Clinton leads Carly Fiorina by 10 points, 53-43%.
In the Democratic primary race, Clinton also saw a sharp drop in her performance, falling below 50% for the first time among registered Democrats. With a margin or error of +/- 5 points, Clinton leads with 47% (down from 56% last month). Bernie Sanders is second with 29% (up from 19% last month). And Vice President Joe Biden, who has not declared his candidacy is third with 14%. Other Democrats in the race are on a much lower tier, below the 2% mark.
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