POLL: Trump Ties Hillary in Battleground State of Ohio 44 to 44

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According to a new poll from Suffolk University, Donald Trump is now tied with Hillary Clinton in the battleground state of Ohio.

From the poll findings:

Suffolk University Ohio Poll Shows Trump and Clinton Tied at 44 Percent

As Donald Trump and the Republican delegates prepare to close out their party convention in Cleveland, a new Suffolk University poll of Ohio voters shows the race a dead heat in the Buckeye State, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tied at 44 percent and 11 percent undecided.

The battleground state of Ohio has earned a reputation as a bellwether for how the nation votes in presidential elections, with a long history of picking the ultimate winner.

In a four-way scenario, with Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson added into the mix, Clinton edges Trump 43 percent to 39 percent in Ohio, with Johnson getting 5 percent, Stein 1 percent and 12 percent undecided.

Both Clinton and Trump are viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters, with Clinton looked on favorably by 41 percent of likely Ohio voters and unfavorably by 51 percent, while Trump had a 38 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable rating.

“These largely negative views of the candidates come despite heavy Clinton campaign advertising in Ohio leading up to the Republican Convention and Trump’s efforts to humanize his candidacy with multiple primetime speeches from family members,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “The Ohio-based Republican convention might have been expected to give Trump a bump among that state’s voters, yet their dislike of both major-party candidates is translating into unease about the upcoming election.”

Fifty-five percent of Ohio voters said this presidential election has them feeling alarmed, while 28 percent are excited, and 8 percent say they are bored.

Politico points out one other key element:

Clinton’s favorable rating (41 percent) is marginally higher than Trump’s (38 percent). And far more voters expect Clinton (53 percent) to win the election than think Trump (32 percent) will win.

But there also are alarming signs for Clinton: More of her supporters said they would consider voting for Trump (9 percent) than Trump backers who say there is a chance they would vote for Clinton (1 percent).

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