NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with both candidates fighting to win the confidence of voters as the first presidential debate looms only two weeks away.
According to a new CBS/New York Times poll, Clinton maintains a narrow two-point lead over Trump voters nationwide, garnering 46 percent among likely voters compared to Trump’s 44 percent.
With the addition of third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Trump and Hillary are locked in a tie, each receiving 42 percent of the vote. Among the third-party candidates, Johnson brings in 8 percent of the vote, with Stein trailing at 4 percent.
Trump supporters seem to express more enthusiasm about voting in the upcoming election than Clinton’s. Among Democratic voters, enthusiasm about voting dropped from 77 percent to 64 percent since August, with only 36 percent saying they are “very” enthusiastic to vote. Republican voters saw a 9-point drop in enthusiasm, from 47 percent to 38 percent.
Only 36 percent of voters overall expressed that they were “very” enthusiastic about voting, according to the poll.
When it comes to demographics, Clinton holds double-digit leads among likely women voters (52 percent vs. 39 percent), black voters (89 percent vs. 6 percent), people under 30 (48 percent vs. 29 percent) and white voters with a college degree (51 percent to 40 percent.)
Trump leads among likely male voters (50 percent vs. 39 percent) and white non-college graduates (58 percent to 32 percent.)
According to the poll, though Clinton is leading among young voters, she still falls behind President Barack Obama, who held 60 percent of the vote among those under 30 during this time in 2012.
A new Monmouth University poll shows Trump with an eight-point lead for electoral votes in the battleground state of Iowa, up from his two-point lead in July. Of likely Iowa voters, 45 percent say they back Trump, while only 37 percent say they support Clinton.
Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday following a bout of pneumonia that sidelined her for three days and revived questions about both the Democratic nominee and Republican Donald Trump’s transparency regarding their health, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.
“My campaign said they could have been faster, and I agree with that,” Clinton said. “I thought I was going to be fine, and there wasn’t even a reason to make a big fuss about it. I should have taken time off, I didn’t, now I’m back on the campaign trail.”
Trump released details from a recent physical Thursday.
According to the poll, more than half of voters on both sides of the aisle believe that their prospective candidate has released enough of their medical records (53 percent of Clinton voters, 52 percent of Trump voters) but want the respective candidate to release more information.
Trump continued to push for more female voters, telling Dr. Oz he wants women to be able to get birth control without a prescription.
Regarding his health, he also said he could lose some weight.
“Fifteen to 20 pounds would be good,” he said.
Trump also made an economic speech on Thursday bashing Ford Motor Company for its plan to shift all North American small car production from the United States to Mexico.
“To think that Ford is moving its small car division is a disgrace. It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,” Trump said.
However, Ford CEO Mark Fields fired back.
“No jobs will be lost. Our most important investment is here in the U.S.,” Fields said.
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is apparently unhappy about how the media is handling the campaign, claiming it favors Clinton.
“They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing. I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now,” Trump Jr. said.
The ADL responded, “We hope you to understand the sensitivity and hurt of making Holocaust jokes. We hope you retract.”
The Trump camp responded, saying that Trump Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment and not the Holocaust.
They called it another smear by the media, so they can serve the Clinton campaign.