White House Watch: Clinton Edges Ahead

White House Watch: Clinton Edges Ahead

The FINANCIAL -- Hillary Clinton has slipped one point ahead in the latest White House Watch survey.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds Clinton with 43% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Donald Trump’s 42%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earns five percent (5%) of the vote, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein picks up two percent (2%). Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. 

Yesterday, it was Trump 43%, Clinton 41%. The race has remained competitive in our recent surveys, with the lead shifting back and forth between the top two candidates.

Rasmussen Reports updates its White House Watch survey daily Monday through Friday at 8:30 am Eastern based on a three-day rolling average of 1,500 Likely U.S. Voters. All three nights of the latest survey follow the final debate between Clinton and Trump.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters say they are now certain how they will vote, and among these voters, it’s Clinton 49%, Trump 47%. Among those who say they still could change their minds between now and Election Day, it’s Trump 35%, Clinton 29%, Johnson 26% and Stein 10%.

Clinton was shocked at Trump’s statement during last week’s debate that he will wait until the election results are final before accepting them because he's concerned about potential voter fraud. But most voters think that’s the right decision.

Clinton has 78% of the Democratic vote and 14% of Republicans. Trump has the backing of 76% of GOP voters and 13% of Democrats. He continues to lead among voters not affiliated with either major party.

Unaffiliateds, however, remain less certain of their vote than those in the two major parties.

Just over 85% of both men and women are sure of how they will vote. Trump leads by eight points among men, Clinton by nine among women.

Voters under 40 still prefer Clinton; older voters favor Trump. Younger voters are still the most undecided age group.

Trump leads among whites but trails by sizable margins among blacks and other minority voters.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of all voters now believe the country is headed in the right direction.

Despite the increasing alarm expressed by the Obama administration over dangers to the election system from foreign hackers, 63% of voters trust the election system where they live, and 94% think it’s likely that their vote will be correctly recorded and counted.

But 69% still think voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote, and 61% don't believe laws requiring photo identification at the polls discriminate against some voters as critics claim.

While Democrats are still more likely than other voters to say they plan to vote early this year if their state allows it, voters overall are even more likely than they’ve been in the past to say they’ll wait until Election Day to cast their vote.