Little has changed in overall support for either candidate since the end of the primaries in mid-June, despite major moments in the campaign including Donald Trump's announcement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Clinton's endorsement by her main rival for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen.
Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton at a joint New Hampshire appearance July 12, as pictured on her Facebook page.
Hillary's lead drops from seven points head-to-head with Trump to six points with Johnson in the race, statistically a wash. Instead, some analysts have argued, a candidate needs only to increase turnout among white, working-class voters in states with a lower minority population. (WaPo has him at eight.) Johnson continues to hurt both major-party candidates about equally, though.
"We're different people", Trump said.
And the growing support for third party candidates also seems centered among younger voters, which could prove harmful to Clinton's campaign. Four years ago, Mitt Romney won the vote of independents while losing to President Barack Obama. The choice does appear more popular with the Republican base, some of whom have been reluctant to back Trump.
The ad paints Trump as "unpresidential and unfit for office, in the eyes of both children and, the ad assumes, their voting parents (who, one could argue, might not be too happy with the Clinton campaign's rebroadcasting of the messages to children watching television)", the NYT report said.
Despite previously leading Trump in Florida and tying him in OH and Pennsylvania, a survey released Wednesday suggested that Clinton is struggling to gain traction in the key swing states. Few Republicans - 13% - see their party as unified, and just 38% say they are satisfied with Trump as the party's nominee.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey has Clinton four points ahead, 47 percent to 43 percent.
But Trump remains more trusted on the two issues atop voters' priority lists: The economy and terrorism.
The poll underscores the far-reaching challenges facing the GOP as it heads into its convention in Cleveland starting Monday. It shows the presidential race is presently a dead heat among likely United States voters, with Trump edging Clinton by 42 percent to 40.
Polls earlier this week showed tightening battles in many of those states amid fallout from the Justice Department's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server at the State Department when she was the Secretary of State. Although as I say, in light of what's going on right now, there really is no such thing as normal this year.
Donald Trump said Sunday that as president he'd "declare war" on ISIS and "wipe out" the terror organization - all while minimizing U.S. boots on Middle East ground.
He said Trump wants to cut taxes while Clinton plans to raise them and that Trump wants to repeal ObamaCare "lock, stock and barrel", while Clinton is pushing a progressive agenda to expand government-backed, mandatory health insurance.
Adding to the bedlam, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - known as the Notorious RBG for her sharp tongue - publicly disparaged Trump as an unsuitable "faker", only to immediately regret breaking with a long tradition of judicial neutrality when Trump predictably tore into her and called on her to resign.