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Poll: Donald Trump surpasses Hillary Clinton nationally

Donald Trump is now surpassing Hillary Clinton among a national electorate, edging her out by three percentage points in the latest general election poll by Fox News.

The Fox News survey, out late Wednesday, shows Trump leading Clinton 45-42 percent, with a three-point advantage that's within the poll's margin of error. Trump has gained ground on Clinton since last month, when the same poll found the former secretary of state up 48 percent to 41 percent.

The real estate mogul sent out a victorious tweet about the poll Wednesday night:


Trump's strong base of support comes from his popularity among working-class white voters without a college degree: He outperforms Clinton among those voters 61-42 percent. Overall, white voters tend to prefer Trump (55-31 percent), and he even has an advantage over Clinton among white women (47-38 percent).

Clinton, however, performs much better among minority populations: among black voters, Clinton is up 90-7 percent, while Hispanic voters favor her 62-23 percent.

When it comes to the two candidates' moral values, voters don't feel as if they can trust either Clinton or Trump. Sixty-six percent of the poll's sample said Clinton was not honest and trustworthy, compared to the 31 percent that said she was. Trump does just slightly better on this score, with 57 percent saying he's dishonest and 40 percent saying he's not. Most voters -- 71 percent -- believe Clinton will "say anything to get elected," while 65 percent say the same of Trump.

In a head-to-head matchup between Trump and Clinton's Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, the New York billionaire would lose out to Sanders. Trump's support clocks in at 42 percent, compared to Sanders' support at 46 percent. About 10 percent of Sanders voters say they would vote for Trump over Clinton in the general election if their preferred candidate was not on the ballot.

The Fox News poll was conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research among 1,021 registered voters nationwide from May 14-17, 2016. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

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