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Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 10% among likely voters

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In the battle of presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton tops the magical 50 percent mark among American likely voters according to a new poll.

Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 51 - 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released on Thursday.

When third party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton gets 45 percent with Trump at 38 percent, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson at 10 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 4 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. 

This survey of likely voters cannot be compared with results of earlier surveys of registered voters, according to the pollsters.

Women and non-white voters propel Clinton in the head-to-head matchup. Women back her 60 - 36 percent. Men back Trump 48 - 42 percent. White voters back Trump 52 - 41 percent. Non-white voters back Clinton 77 - 15 percent.

A total of 44 percent of American likely voters like Clinton "a lot" or "a little," while 47 percent dislike her "a little" or "a lot," and 8 percent hate her.

A total of 35 percent of voters like Trump "a lot" or "a little," while 53 percent dislike him "a little" or a lot," and 10 percent hate him.

"We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Trump's missteps, stumbles and gaffes seem to outweigh Clinton's shaky trust status and perceived shady dealings. Wow, is there any light at the end of this dark and depressing chapter in American politics?"

American likely voters give both candidates negative favorability ratings, 41 - 53 percent for Clinton and 33 - 61 percent for Trump. In fact, 37 percent of likely voters say they would consider voting for a third party candidate.

In this very negative race, 64 percent of Trump supporters say they are voting mainly anti-Clinton, while 25 percent say they are voting pro-Trump.

Among Clinton supporters, 47 percent are mainly anti-Trump while 32 percent are pro- Clinton. 

While both candidates have negative scores on honesty, this is one area where Trump outscores Clinton. American likely voters say 53 - 42 percent that Trump is not honest. By a huge 66 - 29 percent margin, voters say Clinton is not honest.

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