After recent polls showing her running virtually neck-and-neck with Donald Trump on the eve of the first US presidential debate, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is up 5 points over her opponent in the latest national survey.
Clinton leads Trump 47% to 42% among likely voters in the newest CNN/ORC poll, the results of which were released on Monday (3 October). Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson follows with 7% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein with 2%.
Clinton's boost is thought to be largely due to gains among male voters. She was 22 points behind Trump with that demographic in early September 2016 and in the new poll, Clinton is just 5 points behind.
She also took the lead among independent voters, 44% to Trump's 37%. Independent voters favored Trump in early September.
The poll was conducted between 28 September - 2 October 2016, revealing a post-debate boost for Clinton who was widely perceived as out-performing Trump.
The poll does not reflect voters' response to the New York Times (NYT) report suggesting that Trump may have used a nearly billion-dollar business loss in 1995 to avoid paying federal income tax for 18 years.
Among those polled, however, close to three-quarters of voters (73%) think Trump should release his tax returns for public review. Close to half (47%) of Trump's own supporters also believe he should release his returns. The majority of respondents (57%) believe that Trump's refusal to release his taxes mean that he's hiding something.
Among registered voters, 45% say Clinton is the stronger leader, compared with 43% for Trump. Trump was ahead 8 points in early September.