President Barack Obama would beat Donald Trump by three points if a vote for the White House were held today, a new national survey says.
The poll released Tuesday by Zogby Analytics
showed that Obama would edge Trump 41 percent to 38 percent.
However, 18 percent of the 838 adults polled said they would vote for "someone else," while 3 percent were undecided.
The survey has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
The poll was conducted after Obama spoke to the nation Sunday about combating the Islamic State and Trump's call the next day for a "complete and total shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States until terrorism concerns have been fully addressed.
Here are the results:
- Men: Trump, 43-42 percent.
- Women: Obama, 39-34 percent.
- 18-29 year olds: Obama, 47-29 percent.
- 30-49 year olds: Obama, 42-34 percent.
- Older voters: Trump, 43-39 percent.
- Republicans: Trump, 71-10 percent.
- Democrats: Obama, 75-12 percent.
- Independents: Trump, 36-29 percent.
- Whites: Trump, 46-31 percent.
- African Americans: Obama, 60-22 percent.
- Hispanics: Obama, 81-10 percent.
- Catholics: Trump, 42-41 percent.
- Evangelicals: Trump, 50-26 percent.
"It is what it is," pollster John Zogby said in his analysis. "This is a close race revealing just how split the nation finds itself with a year to go before the 2016 general election.
"The president is clearly underperforming and should be scoring more than 41 percent against any potential challenger, let alone one as controversial as Trump," he said. "Clearly the president, as a Democrat, is not where he would need to be among younger voters, non-whites, and Catholics."
Zogby added that the billionaire developer appeared "to secure Republicans and conservatives, as well as whites, evangelicals, and older voters.
"There is plenty here that is both interesting and terrifying for voters of all persuasions."
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