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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump race 'too close to call,' new poll shows

The race for the White House between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now "too close to call," according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The lead for the presidential candidates has narrowed to 42 percent for Clinton to Trump's 40 percent in the latest poll. A June 1 national poll by Quinnipiac showed Clinton edging out Trump by 45 percent to 41 percent.

When third party candidates were added the survey, Clinton received 39 percent, while Trump received 37 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson received 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 4 percent.

The poll of 1,610 registered voters was conducted from June 21 to Monday. I had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac poll differed from other recent polls, including the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which have shown Clinton with a significant lead over Trump.

American voters surveyed said that neither candidate would be a good president, the poll showed. The political campaign has also increased hatred and prejudice in the nation, the national poll found.

"It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. "Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don't like."

American voters were deeply divided along gender, racial, age and party lines. Women backed Clinton 50 percent to 33 percent, while men backed Trump 47 percent to 34 percent.

White voters were behind Trump by 47 percent to 34 percent. Black voters backed Clinton 91 percent to 1 percent, while Hispanic voters backed her 50 percent to 33 percent.

Voters ages 18 to 34 leaned toward Democrats by 48 percent to 23 percent, while voters over age 65 went for Republicans by 51 percent to 35 percent.

Looking at who would best handle important issues, American voters surveyed said:

  • 52 - 40 percent that Trump would be better creating jobs;
  • 50 - 45 percent that Clinton would be better handling immigration;
  • 52 - 39 percent that Trump would be more effective handling ISIS;
  • 51 - 42 percent that Clinton would better respond to an international crisis;
  • 46 percent would trust Clinton more on sending U.S. troops overseas, while 44 percent would trust Trump more;
  • 54 - 35 percent would trust Clinton more to make the right decisions regarding nuclear weapons;
  • 46 - 43 percent that Clinton would do a better job getting things done in Washington.