Clinton lead narrows
Sunday 03 November 1996
Two new polls found Mr Clinton maintaining a bare majority among likely voters, although they differed on how badly Mr Dole was trailing. In the ABC News survey, 51 per cent said they would vote for Mr Clinton if the election were today, 40 per cent for Mr Dole and 7 per cent for Mr Perot. The Gallup poll for CNN and USA Today had the race at Clinton 52 per cent, Dole 34 per cent, Perot 10 per cent.
The Dole campaign has seized on another national tracking poll which suggests he is closing the gap. The survey, carried out by the John Zogby Group for Reuters, had Mr Clinton at 42 per cent and Mr Dole at 37 per cent, the first time that the President's lead has fallen below 10 points, although the poll uses different weighting techniques from the other surveys.
But Mr Clinton, stung by the Republican candidate's allegations of improper campaign funding by the Democratic Party, has been forced on to the back foot. His latest message on the campaign trail has been a promise to introduce legislation for campaign finance reform upon his re-election.
The President's far from novel idea, a staple of the Perot campaign diet, is that limits - virtually non-existent now - must be imposed on campaign funding.
Election special, pages 12 and 13
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
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Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
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