Georgia Rosenberg ’19, Staff Writer
The latest ABC News/Washington Post 2016 election poll revealed results that appear to be tighter than ever. The poll shows Republican candidate Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton by one point, 46%-45%. Notwithstanding a 3-point margin of error, this is the first poll with Trump in the lead since May.
The surprising results of this poll are thought to have much to do with the reopened investigation into Clinton’s emails. New emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer, a former Congressman and ex-husband of Huma Abedin, currently Vice Chairwoman of Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign and formerly Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton when she was serving as U.S. Secretary of State. The original investigation into Clinton and her use of a private email server as Secretary of State closed in July 2016, when FBI Director James B. Comey stated that he did not recommend filing any charges against Clinton. He did say that she was “extremely careless” when it came to her use of a private server given her high government position, as the use of this non-government system made her emails more susceptible to foreign government hacks. Mr. Comey did not find any evidence that supported the fact that Clinton purposefully mishandled and sent classified information in her emails. However, the investigation has come back to haunt Clinton, as the FBI recently reopened it when they discovered Huma Abedin’s emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop during their investigation into Weiner’s sexting case. It seemed that many of these emails went through Clinton’s private server, causing Comey to reopen the investigation in search of any transmission of classified information. Just five days from the general election, Clinton is back under FBI investigation, and it seems as though this could be changing her position in the national polls against Trump.
Many Democrats and members of the Clinton campaign are infuriated with Comey’s behavior, while Republicans and members of the Trump campaign are using this news in hopes of getting the American people on their side. While Trump is certainly picking up steam as we approach the Tuesday election, most polls are still showing Clinton in the lead. The CNN Poll of Polls, an average of five major national polls, shows Clinton with 47% and Trump with 42%. However, a recent ABC poll shows a lack of enthusiasm among voters, especially those planning to vote for Hillary Clinton. At the start of the poll, 52% of Clinton supporters said that they were eager to vote for the Democratic nominee. However, this number has gone down by seven points, with the most recent poll showing that only 45% of Clinton supporters are enthusiastic about voting for her. The most recent poll shows that 53% of Trump supporters are enthusiastic about supporting the Republican nominee.
This is undoubtedly an election dependent upon voter turnout. While most polls may still show Clinton in the lead, with less than a week to go, the unexpected is certainly possible. Though many have denied the possibility, Donald Trump may very well become the 43rd President of the United States.