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Presidential race too close to call, Quinnipiac poll says

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A Quinnipiac poll shows the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton too close to call. A Quinnipiac poll shows the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton too close to call.
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The race between the presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential candidates is too close to call, according to a new poll.

The poll was released by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday.

It had Democrat Hillary Clinton at 42 percent and Republican Donald Trump at 40 percent.

The numbers show Trump bridging the gap from a June 1 poll, where he trailed Clinton 45 percent to 41 percent.

Meanwhile, American voters continue to say that neither candidate would make a good president. Those polled also said the campaigns have increased hatred and prejudice in the nation.

When other parties join the fray, it's still too close. Researchers had the numbers at 39 percent for Clinton and 37 percent for Trump. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson received 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein polled at 4 percent.

"The 2016 election has increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the U.S., 61 percent of American voters say," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "Another 34 percent say it has had no impact. Of that 61 percent, 67 percent blame the Trump campaign and 16 percent blame the Clinton campaign."

Malloy said voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don't like.

The campaign is even divided among gender lines, according to researchers.

Women back Clinton 50 to 33 percent while men support Trump 47 to 34 percent.

"The matchup numbers say 'tie' and Trump is perceived as a job creator," Malloy said. "But Clinton is seen as better prepared for the top job, better in an international crisis, managing immigration, making Washington functional, and keeping the nuclear codes under lock and key."

The poll was conducted from June 21 through 27. Researchers surveyed 1,610 registered voters nationwide. The margin of error was +/- 2.4 percent.

For the complete results of the poll, click here.

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