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In race of the unloved, Clinton tops Trump in Connecticut

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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Researchers are calling Campaign 2016 the "race of the unloved," but that doesn't mean there's a lack of support for the presidential candidates.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 45 to 38 percent in Connecticut.

When a third party is added to the mix, Clinton only garnered 41 percent compared to Trump's 36. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson polled at 6 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 3 percent.

Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee as of Monday night's delegate count. She reached that 2,383 delegates needed to clinch it.

However, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would top Trump, 54 to 35 percent. Trump reached his delegate count weeks ago.

"While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, her single digit lead is smaller than might be expected from true-blue Connecticut, and her negative favorability rating is almost as bad as his," said Quinnipiac University poll director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. 

Only 37 percent of Connecticut voters have a "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion of Clinton, while 55 percent have a "somewhat unfavorable" or "strongly unfavorable" opinion. 

Trump received a 33 percent "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable." Sixty-one percent felt he was "somewhat unfavorable" or "very unfavorable."

"Maybe Connecticut will matter again in the general election, just as it did in the primaries," Schwartz said. "Trump won the primary overwhelmingly. Could he win here again in November? Unlikely, but there already have been so many surprises, who knows?"

Connecticut voters think Clinton is prepared for the job as president, 61 percent to 37 percent. Sixty-nine to 30 percent said Trump is not.

For more on the poll, click here.

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