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Epic-MRA: Clinton sees slight Michigan lead

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The Presidential election is less than eight weeks away, and Lansing-based Epic-MRA has released its September statewide poll of 600 registered Michigan voters.

The poll says Democrat Hilary Clinton currently holds a slight lead over Republican Donald Trump, but that lead falls within the 4 percent margin of error.

Epic-MRA says its September survey was conducted by live interviewers, and 30 percent of participants were contacted by cellphone. They were asked a series of questions including a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the candidates. 

The unfavorable results continue to weigh heavily on both.

Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton received a 56 percent unfavorable rating and Republican nominee Donald Trump received a 63 percent unfavorable rating.

Asked who is honest and trustworthy? Trump polls 37 percent to Clinton’s 30 percent.

Asked who has the right kind of experience and temperament to be commander-in-chief? Clinton has the advantage, with 53 percent compared to Trump's 25 percent.

Trump receives higher marks on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Clinton gets the nod on international relations and foreign policy.

Asked if the election for President were held today, 40 percent of Michiganders surveyed said they’d vote for Clinton, compared to 36 percent for Trump.

Nine percent would cast a vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 3 percent would vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Twelve percent of voters surveyed remain undecided.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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