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Clinton leads over Trump: Fox News poll

Democratic Party\'s presumptive presidential nominee Clinton opened up a 6-point lead over Republican rival Trump.

Published: 30th June 2016 12:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2016 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump (L) and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton (R). (File Photo | AP)

By IANS

WASHINGTON: Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton opened up a 6-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in the latest Fox News poll released on Wednesday evening.

In a head-to-head match-up, Clinton earned 44 per cent to Trump's 38 per cent, while 7 per cent volunteered that they would vote for someone else, 5 per cent said they would not vote and 5 per cent said they did not know who they would choose, Politico reported citing the poll.

In the previous Fox News survey conducted earlier this month, Clinton's lead was only 3 points, 42 per cent to 39 per cent.

But apart from a Quinnipiac University national poll released earlier on Wednesday that showed him behind by only 2 points, Trump has trailed by similar margins in other recent surveys, including a 5-point deficit in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and a more pronounced 12-point gulf in the ABC News-Washington Post poll, which the business mogul derided as "dirty" because the sample included 10 per cent more Democrats than Republicans.

Neither major party candidate inspired much confidence from voters, as 48 per cent said they were confident that Clinton would do right by the US and 51 per cent said they did not think so.

Even fewer people, 42 per cent, said they were confident in Trump's decision-making for the country, while 58 per cent indicated a lack of confidence to some degree.

Asked a series of questions about personal characteristics, 45 per cent said Clinton is someone who cares about people like them, while 51 per cent disagreed with that sentiment, about the same as when the question was last asked in May.

But for Trump, 35 per cent in June said they saw empathy from him, down from 42 per cent in May.

Neither candidate is seen as trustworthy, while Trump is seen as more hot-headed and obnoxious than Clinton, who is seen as more sensible, experienced and intelligent.

The poll was conducted from June 26 to 28, surveying a random national sample of 1,017 registered voters via landlines and cellphones.

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