CBS Poll: Clinton's lead over Trump narrows

Not as dramatic as yesterday’s Fox News poll which showed Trump leading Clinton by 3 points, but the new CBS News/New York Times poll finds movement in the same direction. The new poll out Thursday afternoon shows Clinton with a 6 point lead over Trump. The same poll showed Clinton with a 10 point lead a month ago.

Respondents from both parties seem to be coalescing around the presumptive nominees. CBS News reports:

Seventy-one percent of Republican voters who did not support Trump in the primaries would still vote for him against Clinton. On the Democratic side, 72 percent of Sanders supporters would vote for Clinton against Donald Trump.

However the poll also points to less satisfaction with the nominee on the Democratic side:

Most Republicans (55 percent) are satisfied, while most Democrats (52 percent) and independents (60 percent) are not. Eight in 10 Sanders supporters would like other choices.

So Sanders supporters appear strongly dissatisfied with Clinton as the nominee, but it’s Republican respondents who are more likely to say their party is divided and in need of unity:

Republicans see their party as in need of unification. Eighty-four percent of Republicans say their party is divided now, and while most are hopeful about the future of the Republican Party, four in 10 are discouraged…

In contrast, 50 percent of Democratic voters say their party is united (although 48 percent say it’s not).

The demographic break down is what we’re used to seeing in these polls. Clinton wins with minorities and women (by 17 points) while Trump wins with whites and men (by 5 points). Finally, Bernie Sanders once again does better in the overall match-up than Hillary Clinton. She leads Trump by just 6 points but Sanders leads by 13 points.

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David Strom 8:31 AM on October 02, 2022