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Clinton Improves Edge Over Trump in New National Poll

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A new national poll taken after Monday’s presidential debate shows Hillary Clinton improving her standing over Donald Trump.

The Fox News survey released Friday shows Clinton with 43 percent support of likely voters compared to Trump’s 40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving 8 percent support and Green Party candidate Jill Stein getting 4 percent support.

Clinton’s 3-point edge is right on the poll’s 3-point margin of error.

The poll shows a slight improvement for Clinton from a Fox survey done earlier this month, when she and Trump were just about even, 41 percent for Clinton and 40 percent for Trump.

In a two-way matchup, Friday’s poll has even more good news for Clinton: she leads Trump 49 percent to 44 percent.

Trump’s performance at Monday night’s debate was widely panned, and a CNN/ORC poll taken immediately after the event found 62 percent of voters who turned in to watch said Clinton bettered Trump, whom only 27 percent said had the better night.

In the Fox poll, 28 percent of likely voters found the economy/jobs/unemployment to be the most important issue facing the country. National security/Terrorism/ISIS came in second with 17 percent, and race relations/racial issues/police came in third with 8 percent support.

Additionally, the poll found that 35 percent of likely voters surveyed found Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, while 61 percent did not. And for Trump, 31 percent found him to be honest and trustworthy, while 62 percent of likely voters did not.

The poll was conducted Sept. 27-29 among 911 likely voters. Its margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.