More voters trust Clinton on health care

In an average of national polls, Clinton's eight-point post-convention lead is down to five points, and a Rasmussen poll on Thursday has Trump beating Clinton 40 percent to 39 percent.

The MetroNews West Virginia Poll of likely West Virginia voters, conducted last month by Repass Research of Cincinnati, gives Trump a 49 percent to 31 percent lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The F&M poll shows Clinton over Trump 41-38 percent with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 7 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein with 2 percent.

National polls have tightened since the end of two major parties' national convention in late July, but Clinton maintains leads in nearly all battleground states.

Most national polls have Clinton leading Trump and the other presidential candidates.

In July, Clinton led Trump 47-34 percent when Johnson and Stein were included in F&M's poll.

Health policy issues have mostly taken a backseat during presidential campaigning this summer, but Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed fixes to some of the top voter concerns while Republican candidate Donald Trump has focused on railing against the Affordable Care Act, which is still highly unpopular among his voter base. Trump is maintaining leads in less populated and more rural areas such as the northeast (42/35 percent), the northwest (64/24 percent) and central Pennsylvania (50/31 percent). The hefty war chest means the Democratic White House hopeful has the resources to continue an expensive ad blitz against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while also investing in an expansive field operation. According to the recent polls, this lead has gone down from a previous 10- point advantage to a virtual tie. Latino Decisions believes a Republican presidential nominee would generally need about 43 percent to win-a almost impossible number for Trump to reach at this point.

Each day brings news of another real Clinton scandal - or more information on those already in progress - cumulatively cementing the public's perception that the Clintons are unrivaled among untrustworthy, bloodsucking politicians.

63 percent of Latinos say Trump's opposition to Obama's executive deportation relief for DREAMers (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) makes them less likely to vote for GOP candidates, with 53 percent saying they are much less likely.

Republican consultant Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said asking voters to use a GOP Congress to restrain Clinton is a smart, essential tactic.

Says Marlon Marshall, Hillary Clinton's director of state campaigns and political engagement: "We can't say this will be locked up with early voting, but it can absolutely make a huge difference".

The poll has not yet incorporated data in the wake of Trump's last-minute trip to Mexico or his hardline speech that followed on Wednesday detailing his stance on illegal immigration.

There is a lot that is being said about the current US Presidential election.

When asked, 30 percent of likely voters said "Hillary Clinton shouldn't be criticized for donations to the Clinton Foundation, which does good works". Meanwhile, white registered voters who do not have a college degree chose Trump over Clinton by 23 points.

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