Donald Trump closes gap on Hillary Clinton in White House race

  • 07/11/2016
Donald Trump in Reno on November 5 (Reuters)
Donald Trump in Reno on November 5 (Reuters)

Prime Minister John Key says a dire lack of choice means few Americans want to vote in the US election, just two days away.

"You've got two candidates that basically neither side really want to vote for, you've basically got a very divided nation, you've got a very unsatisfying process, you could actually have a President-elect that could have legal issues," he told Paul Henry.

However he says he'll work with the winner of the election, regardless of who it is, and will congratulate the new commander-in-chief when the results are clear.

"The reality is whatever happens, New Zealand is not either America's big problem, or big focus."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is holding a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump as election day looms, according to the final NBC-Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll released on Sunday (local time) shows Ms Clinton leading Mr Trump by 44 percent to 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is on 6 percent and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein has 2 percent.

Ms Clinton's lead has shrunk by seven points since the last poll in mid-October, before the FBI said it was reviewing new emails in its investigation of the former Secretary of State.

Political commentator Tracey Barnett, who's recently returned to New Zealand from the US, told Paul Henry the election is shaking the country's foundations.

"If Clinton wins it's going to be so contentious we're going to have to endure it for four more years, and if Trump wins, it may be fatal."

Ms Clinton appears to have done better with early voters - the polls shows she's favoured by 51 percent of people who've voted early, compared to 39 percent for Mr Trump.

"It's important to look at the battleground polls as well," Newshub political editor Patrick Gower told Paul Henry.

"Two really important ones out: Florida looks like it is neck-and-neck, that is a big one for Donald Trump to get, and Ohio as well is neck-and-neck."

He says the degree of unpredictability in the battleground states gives Mr Trump a slim chance.

While Ms Clinton is more popular with women, Mr Trump is more popular with men, seniors and whites.