Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump has narrowed to four points, according to a new nationwide poll.
This is quite low given that in almost all major national polls after the two back-to-back conventions Clinton's lead was around nine percentage points.
"Forty one per cent of registered voters say if the election were held today they would support Clinton or lean toward Clinton, 37 per cent back Trump, 10 percent favour (Libertarian candidate Jill) Johnson and four percent back (Green Party nominee Jill) Stein," the Pew Research Center said in its findings.
As was the case earlier this year, most voters have doubts that either Clinton or Trump would make a good president.
Just 27 percent of registered voters say that Trump would make a good or great president, while about twice as many (55 percent) say he would be either poor or terrible (with 43 percent saying he would make a "terrible" president).
Just 15 percent say Trump would make an "average" president, the poll said. Opinions about how Clinton might do as president are not as negative.
Still, only about a third (31 percent) said she would be a "good or great president", while 22 percent said would be average and 45 per cent think she would be a poor (12 percent) or terrible (33 percent) president, Pew said
The latest national survey by Pew Research Center were conducted 9-16 August among 2,010 adults, including 1,567 registered voters.
According to Pew, the survey found that Trump supporters overwhelmingly believe that life in America is worse than it was 50 years ago "for people like them."
Fully 81 percent of registered voters who support Trump say life has gotten worse, compared with just 11 percent who say it has gotten better (six percent say it is about the same), it said.
"Most Clinton supporters take the opposite view: 59 percent say life for people like them has gotten better over the past half-century, while 19 percent think it has gotten worse and 18 percent see little change," the polls said.
In the RealClearPolitics.com average of all major national polls, Clinton is leading Trump by 5.8 percentage points.