Clinton and Trump in virtual dead heat before first debate

In this poll:

Click "detailed view" to see interactive results by political and demographic groups (i.e. by party identification, gender, race/ethnicity and other groups). All results are based on the overall adult sample unless a subgroup is specified.

Poll Questions

Q: How closely are you following the 2016 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not so closely, or not closely at all?

Q: I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were [(Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, the Democrats), (Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the Republicans)], [(Gary Johnson and Bill Weld of the Libertarian Party) and (Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Green Party)], for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the only candidates were (Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, the Democrats) and (Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the Republicans), for whom would you vote? (Initial Clinton/Trump supporters included in results)

Q: (AMONG CLINTON SUPPORTERS) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Clinton, somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: (AMONG TRUMP SUPPORTERS) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Trump, somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: Have you personally been contacted by a representative of the Clinton campaign, either by phone, in-person, or online asking you for your support, or not?

No opinion

Q: Have you personally been contacted by a representative of the Trump campaign, either by phone, in-person, or online asking you for your support, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama first became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

Q: Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Hillary Clinton?

No opinion

Q: Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Donald Trump?

No opinion

Q: Do you think the outcome of this election matters to the country's future, or do you think it doesn't make much difference whether (Clinton) or (Trump) wins?

Q: Do you think Hillary Clinton is qualified to serve as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Hillary Clinton has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Hillary Clinton is in good enough overall health to serve as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Hillary Clinton knows enough about world affairs to serve effectively as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Donald Trump is qualified to serve as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Donald Trump has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Donald Trump is in good enough overall health to serve as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Donald Trump knows enough about world affairs to serve effectively as president, or not?

No opinion

Q: Which of these is the single most important issue in your choice for president? Is it (the economy and jobs), (immigration issues), (terrorism and national security), (law and order) or (corruption in government)?

Q: Who do you trust more to handle the economy - (Clinton) or (Trump)?

Q: Who do you trust more to handle terrorism - (Clinton) or (Trump)?

Q: Who do you trust more to handle immigration issues - (Clinton) or (Trump)? (Half sample)*

Q: Who do you trust more to handle an international crisis - (Clinton) or (Trump)? (Half sample)*

Q: Who do you trust more to handle social issues such as abortion and gay marriage - (Clinton) or (Trump)?*

Q: Who do you trust more to handle Ethics in government - (Clinton) or (Trump)?*

Q: Who do you trust more to handle Health care - (Clinton) or (Trump)?*

Q: Who do you trust more to handle Looking out for the middle class - (Clinton) or (Trump)?*

Q: If you had to choose, which is more important to you in deciding who to vote for president - a candidate's position on the issues, or a candidate's personal qualities?

Q: How do you feel about the possibility of a major terrorist attack in the United States - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?

Q: Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month and did not make this public until after she fell ill at an event. Do you think she was justified or not justified in keeping her diagnosis private until she fell ill in public?

No opinion

Q: Trump has not released his tax returns, while Clinton has released hers. Do you think Trump is justified in not releasing his tax returns, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Trump is trying to win support by appealing to people's prejudices against groups that are different from their own, or do you think he is not trying to appeal to people's prejudices?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Clinton is trying to win support by appealing to people's prejudices against groups that are different from their own, or do you think she is not trying to appeal to people's prejudices?

No opinion

Q: Do you think it's fair or unfair to describe a large portion of Trump's supporters as prejudiced against women and minorities?

No opinion

Q: Do you plan to watch the first debate between Clinton and Trump next Monday night, September 26th, or not?

No opinion

Q: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think will win the debate - (Clinton) or (Trump)?

Q: Do you think that the debate might change your mind about which candidate to support, or not? IF MIGHT ASK: Is there a good chance of that or a small chance?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...