Washington (Talk Media News) — Hillary Clinton’s once impressive double digit national lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has now dwindled to a virtual tie, a new poll shows.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Monday shows Clinton is in a dead heat against Trump at 46-43 percent, a lead that is well within the poll’s 3.1 percent margin of error.
Those numbers are in stark contrast to just last month when Clinton held an 11-point lead over her Republican opponent in a similar NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
Clinton’s primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, fares better against Trump in a hypothetical match-up, leading Trump 54-39 percent.
Sanders continues to duel Clinton for the Democratic nomination, despite her wide delegate lead heading into the final states of the primary process, and has frequently charged that he stands to perform better than Clinton against Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump, who emerged as the lone Republican candidate remaining after a dominant primary performance, has spent his time reaching out to his party’s establishment.
Despite their status as party front-runners, both Trump and Clinton hold negative favorability ratings at 58 and 54 percent respectively. A majority of those surveyed held a positive view of Sanders.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from May 15-19 and has a plus/minus 3.1 percent margin of error.