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Hillary Clinton takes 9-point lead over Donald Trump in new national poll

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Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by nine percentage points nationally, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center.

The poll, released Thursday, found just over half of registered voters, 51 percent, support Clinton while 42 percent back Trump. In a three-way race involving Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Clinton would win 45 percent of the vote, Trump would get 36 percent of the vote and 11 percent would back Johnson.

Voters view Clinton as the better candidate to handle race relations, healthcare, selecting Supreme Court justices and making foreign policy decisions, the poll found. But they're split over which candidate can better handle terrorism and the economy.

Only 43 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans said they are satisfied with their choices for president.

Forty-one percent said it's difficult to choose between Trump and Clinton because neither would make a good president. Eleven percent, meanwhile, said the choice is tough for the opposite reason, because either of them would make a good commander-in-chief.

The survey found 56 percent of registered voters believe Clinton is "personally qualified to be president" and 30 percent said the same about Trump. More than half also said that Clinton "would use good judgment in a crisis" and 36 percent said the same about Trump.

The poll surveyed 2,245 adults, including 1,655 registered voters, between June 15 and 26 with a 2.7 percentage point margin of error for the group of registered voters.

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