Trump is closing the gap, say polls
Five days from the US presidential election, polls released yesterday showed the race narrowing, with Democrat Hillary Clinton holding on to a slim lead over Republican Donald Trump.
A 'New York Times'/CBS poll found Clinton ahead 45pc to 42pc among likely voters, tighter than her nine-point lead in the same poll in mid-October. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
A 'Washington Post'/ABC News tracking poll found Clinton ahead within the margin of error, 47pc to 45pc, having lost ground to Trump since last week.
The two surveys showing Clinton still holding a lead halted a seven-day slide in the S&P 500 Index and prompted a rebound for the Mexican peso, a currency that has weakened when Trump's outlook improves.
Among other new polls, Investor's Business Daily/TIPP said Trump and Clinton were tied at 44pc each, and Rasmussen found Trump ahead 45pc to 42pc.
State-by-state polling averages continue to give Clinton an edge in the race to 270 Electoral College votes. Her challenge will be to maximise turnout among the Democratic coalition that powered Barack Obama to two victories: millennials, non-white voters and unmarried women.
A Trump upset victory would likely require diminished turnout among Democrat voters and higher-than-expected turnout among Trump's key coalition, primarily white voters without a college degree.