Hillary Clinton Leads in Latest National Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by five percentage points (46% to 41%) among likely voters in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

When the field is narrowed to registered voters, Clinton leads by 10 percentage points, 45% to 35%, suggesting the Democrats need to get out the vote.

The Washington Post-ABC News telephone poll was conducted Sept. 5-8 among 1,002 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Various polls last week showed Trump in a close race in swing states and even with an edge (45% to 43% nationally in a CNN-ORC poll).

That prompted the Trump campaign to send an email to supporters saying he was leading "crooked Hillary" by two percentage points and seeking contributions from $24 to $100-per person to "keep the momentum going."

Clinton and Trump square off in the first presidential debate Sept. 26.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.