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A new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News found presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied, with each receiving support from 40 percent of those polled. The survey also showed that both are viewed as untrustworthy by over 60 percent of voters. However, while Clinton’s untrustworthiness rating has steadily increased, Trump’s hadn’t changed. The New York Times reports:

As Mrs. Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination at the convention in Philadelphia this month, she will confront an electorate in which 67 percent of voters say she is not honest and trustworthy. That number is up five percentage points from a CBS News poll conducted last month, before the F.B.I. released its findings. …

Mr. Trump is also distrusted by a large number of voters — 62 percent — but that number has stayed constant despite increased scrutiny on his business record and falsehoods in his public statements and Twitter messages.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the poll results show Trump ahead of Clinton on several key issues. Asked “Who would do a better job on the economy and jobs,” 52 percent favored Trump. They were tied on “terrorism and national security” and were neck and neck on “illegal immigration.”

Interestingly, the only issue on which Clinton vastly surpassed Trump was race relations — 60 percent of those polled thought she would better handle the issue, whereas only 29 percent thought Trump would. This may come as a surprise considering Clinton’s poor record on conversing with protesters and her now-criticized role in welfare reform and crime legislation during her husband’s presidency.

The New York Times adds that although she will not be indicted for her use of a private email server, the FBI investigation of Clinton seems to have hurt her among voters. “[T]he political fallout appears significant. … She and her aides have vowed to win back the public’s trust, while acknowledging that this will be tough.”

You can read the full results of the poll here.

—Posted by Emma Niles


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