Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald Poll Shows Dead Heat

September 26, 2016

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Rindge, NH. – The Presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has gotten tighter as the first presidential debate approaches. In our most recent nation-wide polling, Clinton leads Trump 45-to-43 percent among likely voters, compared to 44-to-41 percent in early September.

The first Presidential Debate is likely to see high viewership, as 87 percent of respondents surveyed reported that they definitely (56%) or probably (31%) will watch the debate. And while most say the debate performances are unlikely to change their planned vote, a small but potentially significant minority (16%) indicate that they could change their mind about who to vote for. 

These results are based on a recent Franklin Pierce University / Boston Herald Poll conducted by RKM Research, September 18 –22, 2016. The survey is based on responses from 1,017 randomly selected likely voters. Interviews were conducted by landline and cellular telephone. The maximum sampling margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.

 The full report is available here.


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