Clinton, Trump Neck-and-Neck on Eve of First Presidential Debate

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Clinton, Trump Neck-and-Neck on Eve of First Presidential Debate

Presented with a two-way matchup, the two major party candidates come in tied among registered voters at 46 percent.

In a four-way matchup, 46 percent of likely voters say they'd vote for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. (Photos: BU Rob13/Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

On the eve of the first presidential debate of 2016, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump neck-and-neck.

Though Clinton's numbers top Trump's, her leads are all within the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

In a four-way matchup, 46 percent of likely voters say they'd vote for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump. The Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson would get 5 percent, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein 1 percent. In a two-way matchup, Clinton leads Trump among likely voters 49 percent to 47 percent.

For registered voters presented with a four-way matchup, the Democratic and Republican nominees are tied at 41 percent. Seven percent said they'd vote for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, while 2 percent would cast their vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Presenting registered voters with a two-way matchup, the two major party candidates come in tied at 46 percent.

The 46 percent Clinton gets among likely voters shows little change from the June 23 Washington Post/ABC News poll when she got 48 percent. Trump, for comparison, got five points less—39 percent—in that June poll.

The new poll also shows that voters continue to have a negative opinion of both candidates. Fifty-nine percent have an unfavorable impression of Trump; 55 percent feel that way about Clinton.

The poll also notes: "Fifty-nine percent think Trump is trying to win support by appealing to people's prejudices about groups other than their own." Forty-five percent felt that way about Clinton.

Clinton and Trump will square off Monday at Hofstra University in New York at 9pm. The debate at will be moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.

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