The contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Nevada has become a statistical dead heat.
According to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday, Clinton edged Trump among Nevada voters by 44%-42%, which is essentially a tie when you consider that the margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson had 5% and Independent American Party candidate Darrell Castle had 1%. Rocky De La Fuente, who has no party affiliation, also had 1%.
Nevada is considered a swing state but Barack Obama won it in 2008 and 2012.
The majority of Nevada voters saw both candidates as neither honest nor trustworthy. For Clinton, 55% of people said she did not have those qualities, while just 38% said she did. Meanwhile, 52% of voters said Trump was not honest or trustworthy, while 38% said he was.
Just one-fourth of those surveyed said they felt excited about the presidential election. Meanwhile, 55% said they were “alarmed,” 24% were “excited,” 11% said they were “bored” and 9% were undecided on just how they felt.
Despite the fact that nearly half of those polled backed Trump, most people surveyed (73%) felt like America was already great. (Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.”)
The Senate race to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is tied. Both Republican Rep. Joe Heck and Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto had the support of 37% of Nevada voters. Undecided voters were at 14%.
The telephone poll of 500 registered Nevada voters was conducted Aug. 15-17.