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Clinton leads Trump by just 3 points in new poll

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Hillary Clinton holds just a 3-point lead over Republican front-runner Donald Trump in a national head to head matchup, according to a George Washington University Battleground Poll.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has 46 percent compared to Trump’s 43 percent, a more narrow margin than other polls have found.

In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton has a larger 8-point lead over Trump, 48.8 to 40.8 percent. Fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has a 15.3-point lead over the Republican front-runner, 53.3 to 38 percent.

In a general election matchup with Sanders, the Vermont senator has a double-digit lead over Trump.

{mosads}The poll finds that most voters don’t have a positive view on most of the candidates, including Trump and Clinton. 

Only Sanders and John Kasich, a Republican candidate, have unfavorable ratings below 50 percent, according to the poll. Sanders has an unfavorable rating of 44 percent and Kasich of 29 percent.

Clinton has an unfavorable rating of 56 percent, Ted Cruz of 55 percent and Trump of 65 percent.

The poll also finds that 89 percent of respondents say they’ve followed the race “very” or “somewhat” closely.

The poll found that half of the likely voters surveyed find the language in the race “repulsive” and only 18 percent say the words were “offensive but understandable.” About 36 percent of respondents said the language made them less likely to vote for a candidate.

The poll was conducted from April 17 to 20 among 1,000 registered likely voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of 3.1 points. 

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