Clinton 9 points ahead of Trump, has momentum: new national poll

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the Sept. 26 debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. | AP

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton heads into the final presidential debate with Donald Trump on Wednesday night with a lead in a new Bloomberg Politics poll and many trends in her favor.

“This poll shows movement toward Clinton with all the right groups it takes to win—including men and those without a college degree,” said Bloomberg pollster J. Ann Selzer. “Their alignment with Clinton is a formidable change in the algebra.”

Among the key findings from the national survey, released Wednesday morning:

• In a two-way race, Clinton leads 50 percent to 41 percent.

• The margin is the same when third-party candidates are included.

• Clinton is cutting into Trump’s base of voters who are white with no college degree. She is ahead 48 percent to 44 percent among those with no college degree. With college-educated whites, Clinton is ahead by 13 points.

From Bloomberg’s John McCormick story: “Support for Trump among critical groups of voters,includingmen and the less educated, has weakened in the campaign’s closing days,atrajectory thatcould translate into a landslide loss for Republicans in the Electoral College and setbacks in down-ballot races that will determine control of the House and Senate.”

METHODOLOGY: “The Bloomberg Politics Poll, conductedOct14–17for Bloomberg Politics by Selzer & Co. of DesMoines, IA., is based on interviews with 1,006U.S. adults ages 18 or older who say they will definitely vote or have alreadyvoted in the 2016 general election.

“Interviewers with Quantel Research contacted1,328 U.S. adults with randomly selected landline and cell phone numberssupplied by Survey Sampling International. Responses from the full probability sample were weightedby age, race, and education to reflectthe general population based on recent census data. Interviews were administered in English.

“Percentages based on the subsample of1,006likely voters in the 2016 general election may have a maximum margin of errorof plus or minus 3.1 percentage points,. This means that if this survey were repeated using the same questions and the samemethodology, 19times out of 20 times,the findings would not vary from the percentages shown here by more than plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Results based on smaller samples of respondents— such as by gender or age—have a largermargin of error.”

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