BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new CBS poll has the presidential race tied neck and neck months ahead of the November general election.
The poll, which was conducted following the Republican National Convention and Hillary Clinton’s announcement of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, showed the 2016 race remains locked in a dead heat.
When the survey included voters who lean toward a particular candidate, GOP presidential nominee had a one-point edge over Clinton. But both candidates have inched up by two points since the GOP convention and Clinton’s selection of Kaine for the Democratic ticket.
“Let’s defeat her in November,” Trump implored attendees at the convention last week in Cleveland.
Overall, Democrats approved of their nominee’s choice; in fact, 49 percent are glad she chose Kaine.
“Senator Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not,” Clinton recently told a crowd of supporters.
The poll showed Trump’s decision to name Pence as his running mate was also received positively among Republicans surveyed. About 61 percent of Republican voters are pleased with the choice, while just 15 percent wish he had chosen someone else.
To put the recent developments in perspective, Trump is now getting the support of more than 80 percent of support from Republicans — which marks a narrow increase since before the convention, but it’s still shy of the 90 percent Mitt Romney received following the 2008 convention. Still, his support among conservatives has swelled to 72 percent, up from 66 percent.
As for Clinton, her backing has grown since just over a week ago. As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, her support among Democrats has gone up slightly.