On the night before the GOP convention is slated to begin, Hillary Clinton has a five-point national lead over Donald Trump even after a period of negative news stemming from Benghazi and her email scandal, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Clinton leads Trump 46% to 41% in a poll that finds both candidates facing sizable disadvantages and challenges ahead of the party conventions which kick off Monday for the GOP in Cleveland and a week later for Democrats in Philadelphia.
Those numbers are unchanged from one month ago with the poll conducted after FBI Director James Comey strongly rebuked Clinton over her email practices even though he determined that she had not committed a crime. The poll was also conducted before Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate.
Clinton has the advantage among African Americans (84% to 7%), voters ages 18-29 (55% to 32%) and women (52% to 37%). The margin among Latinos will be released later on Sunday.
Trump, meanwhile, is ahead among whites (50% to 37%) and men (46% to 39%), and the two candidates are tied among independents (36% each).
In a four-way ballot test – including Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein – Clinton gets 41%, Trump 35%, Johnson 11%, and Stein 6%.