WASHINGTON: Bummer. Republican candidate Donald Trump is more honest than his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, according to a latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.
As both candidates are in a dead heat nationally, with just six says from the presidential election, Mr Trump now holds an edge on which candidate is honest and trustworthy.
“A 59 percent majority of likely voters disapprove of Clinton's handling of questions about her use of personal email while secretary of state. This number, however, is no higher than the 60 percent who disapproved just over one week ago,” the newspaper wrote.
The fallout for Ms Clinton was directly linked with last Friday announcement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that it would reopen the investigation against the Democratic candidate for her use of private email server to send thousands of official and secret emails, while she was serving as Secretary of State. Initially, the investigations had been closed in June.
They survey found Mr Trump opened up an eight-point advantage over Ms Clinton on which candidate is more honest and trustworthy, leading 46 to 38 percent among likely voters. The two candidates were tied on this measure the last time a Post-ABC poll asked the question in September.
The results underscored the decidedly mixed evidence that the FBI's announcement has damaged her campaign.
The poll finds a dead even race in overall vote preferences, with 46 percent supporting Ms Clinton and 46 percent backing Mr Trump in the latest tracking wave conducted Friday through Sunday. However, Ms Clinton holds a one-point edge over Trump (48 percent to 47 percent) when third party supporters were asked to choose between the major-party candidates.
Washington Post wrote that Ms Clinton maintains at least a small advantage in most other national polls in a range of key battleground states that give her an edge in the electoral college. In Virginia, a Washington Post-Schar School poll released Tuesday found Clinton ahead by six percentage points.
The Republicans are united in their criticism of Ms Clinton's handling of questions about her email use while Secretary of State, with 90 percent saying they disapprove of her response including 85 percent who disapprove "strongly."
Meanwhile, 67 percent of independents disapprove of Ms Clinton's handling of questions on this issue, and even 29 percent of Democrats give her negative marks for the way she's addressed the email issue.
Among Democrats, the share saying Ms Clinton is more honest than Trump has dipped from 86 percent in early September to 76 percent today; Republicans have changed little in their view that Mr Trump is more honest (86 percent then, 87 percent now).
The Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll was conducted by telephone October 28-31 among a random national sample of 1,773 adults including landline and cell phone respondents.
Low Black Turnout: African-Americans are failing to vote early in big number what they did four years ago. Ms Clinton would certainly be the main casualty of decline in the percentage of early voters. Usually, in the United States elections the early voters tend to vote for the Democrats. The early voting means, any register voter can cast vote anytime before the Election Day.
According to the New York Times, the reasons for the decline appear to be both political and logistical, with lower voter enthusiasm and newly enacted impediments to voting at play. In North Carolina, black turnout is down by 16 percent. In Florida, African-Americans’ share of the electorate that has gone to the polls in person so far has decreased to 15 percent.
The disappointing black turnout so far could foreshadow a larger and more intractable problem for Ms Clinton and the Democratic Party as they rethink their place in a post-Obama era.
It has been observed that African-Americans were taking less interest in the upcoming elections because Barak Obama, the first black President, was not on the ticket.