UPDATE: 10 a.m. EDT — An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll release Sunday indicates Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 3-point edge over Republican Donald Trump in a November matchup. The poll gave 46 percent of support to the former secretary of state compared with 43 percent for the New York real estate mogul.
The poll also found the two presumptive nominees have high negative ratings: 58 percent for Trump and 54 percent for Clinton. Forty-seven percent of those queried said they would consider a third-party option.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted May 15-19 has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
The latest Washington Post-ABC poll indicated both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are disliked by more than half of the electorate.
The poll, released Sunday, showed 57 percent of the 1,005 adults queried last Monday through Wednesday had negative opinions of both candidates. The two presumptive candidates also appeared to be in a dead heat among registered voters, with Trump favored over Clinton at 46 percent to 44 percent. This is compared with a March poll that indicated Clinton had a 9-point lead. Among all adults, Clinton leads Trump 48 percent to 42 percent, down from March’s 18-point lead.
A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows the race even closer, with Trump leading Clinton 44 percent to 43.6 percent.
Only 51 percent of those queried say they are satisfied with the candidates, and 44 percent said they want another option. A hypothetical three-way race involving Clinton, Trump and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney produced a win for Clinton, 37 percent to 35 percent to 22 percent, respectively, the poll indicated.
The poll found voters see former Secretary of State Clinton as more experienced and with a better temperament and personality than Trump. The New York real estate mogul is seen as unqualified by 58 percent of adults, the poll indicated, but is favored as the anti-Clinton who can shake up Washington. Those polled said they preferred Trump’s policies on taxes and international trade, while Clinton was seen as the better candidate to handle international crises and issues like immigration. Trump also was faulted for not showing respect to people with whom he disagrees.
Trump and Clinton pretty much have their parties’ nominations in the bag. With just 939 Democratic delegates still at stake, Clinton has 2,293 of the 2,383 she needs for the nod, while Trump has 1,161 of the 1,237 of the Republican delegates he needs with just 402 still outstanding.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to remain an active campaigner until the last primary votes are cast even though he is given little chance of securing the Democratic presidential nomination, is viewed most positively among the three presidential candidates.
President Obama also wracks up positive scores with an overall approval rating of 51 percent, but his negative rating rose to 46 percent from 43 percent.
Among Clinton backers, 48 percent say they are supporting the candidate herself, while a nearly identical percentage characterize their votes as anti-Trump. On the Republican side, 44 percent say they back the candidate, while 53 percent say they are anti-Clinton.
The poll indicated Trump has the backing of 57 percent of white voters to Clinton’s 33 percent. Among nonwhites, Clinton leads Trump 69 percent to 21 percent. Among independent voters, the poll gave Trump a 13-point lead.
The poll had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.