Reuters National Poll: New FBI Probe Doesn't Damage Clinton

Posted: Nov 03, 2016 2:30 PM

According to a new poll released by Reuters, the FBI's newly opened investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured email server isn't having an impact on her national lead over Donald Trump. 

FBI Director James Comey's announcement came on Friday, when Clinton was leading Trump by six points. Nearly a week later with the new investigation front and center everywhere, the gap hasn't changed

Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump by 6 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Wednesday, the same advantage the Democratic presidential nominee held before an FBI announcement that reignited the controversy about her email practices.

The Oct. 28-Nov. 1 opinion poll was conducted almost entirely after FBI Director James Comey notified Congress last Friday his agency would examine newly discovered emails that might pertain to Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Among 1,772 people who have either voted already or were identified as likely voters in the Nov. 8 election, 45 percent said they supported Clinton, while 39 percent said they backed Trump. On Thursday, the day before Comey's announcement, Clinton led Trump by 43 percent to 37 percent.

In a four-way poll that included alternative party candidates, Clinton led Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters. Forty-five percent supported Clinton, while 37 percent backed Trump. Five percent supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 2 percent backed Jill Stein of the Green Party.

The Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows Clinton up by just 1.7 percent.

Swing state polls, which are the only measures that matter just six days out from the election, are tightening. Trump is making gains on Clinton in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Meanwhile, according to new Washington Post polling Democrats are standing by their nominee in the wake of new email revelations.