A new poll out today by the University of Akron's Bliss Institute and Zogby Analytics reveals that former Florida Governor Jeb is runs the closest race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, nearly ties when pitted against Vice President Joe Biden, and actually beats handsomely Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The nationwide online poll of 1,526 likely voters was conducted August 3 and 4 and carries a margin of sampling error or +/-2.6 percentage points.

In the match up against Mrs. Clinton, the Democrat leads by only a 44% to 40% margin, with 15% undecided. This four point lead is the narrowest yet between the two candidates in a Zogby Poll. While Mrs. Clinton is still in the same neighborhood of 42%-44% in recent Zogby Polls, it is Mr. Bush who has gained. The gap is only a few points among most key sub-groups. Mrs. Clinton leads 43%-40% among men and 46%-41% among women - no real advantage for being a woman in this poll. She only scores 43% to 36% among 18-29 year olds, 46% to 34% with moderates, 71%-14% among African Americans, and 44%-42% with Weekly Wal-Mart Shoppers.

Mr. Bush leads among independents 38%-35%, voters over 65 55%-34%, the Investor Class 47%-42%, and voters who live in households where there is a current or past veteran of the armed services 53%-37%.

This is indeed a competitive race as of now. What is of great significant in this new Bliss/Institute/Zogby Analytics Poll is that when Vice President Joe Biden is match against Mr. Bush, the numbers are almost identical with the former Governor At42% and the VP at 40%, with 18% undecided. Some sub-groups are different compared to the Clinton-Bush faceoff but the patterns are the same. After all this time as a potential then real candidate, Mrs. Clinton is showing no real gain or advantage.

Both Mrs. Clinton and the VP hold ten point leads against mogul Donald Trump - Mrs. Clinton 48%-38% and Mr. Biden 47%-37%. They also hold substantial leads over Senator Ted Cruz (Clinton 48%-36%, Biden 44%-36%), Governor John Kasich (Clinton 46%-33%, Biden 44%-32%), Dr. Ben Carson (Clinton 47%-36%, Biden 44%-36%), Governor Scott Walker (Clinton 47%-35%, Biden 44%-36%), Senator Rand Paul (Clinton 46%-39%, Biden 43%-38%), and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorini (Clinton 47%-32%, Biden 45%-32%).

Mr. Trump has threatened an independent candidacy if he does not win the GOP nomination. The new Bliss Institute/Zogby Analytics Poll shows how much he could hurt the Republican Party by doing so. In a potential three-way race involving Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Bush and Mr. Trump, the former Secretary of State leads 43% to Mr. Bush's 24% and Mr. Trump's 22%. The Democratic candidate loses only one point from her direct match up against Mr. Bush, while Mr. Trump takes 34% from Republicans, 35% from conservatives, 28% from independents, 27% from Born Again/evangelicals, and 19% from moderates. He also draws 18% among Hispanic voters.

This is all so different and interesting.

In 2016, Zogby Analytics enters a presidential election contest for the sixth time and remains among the best known and most accurate polling brands throughout the world. Nationally and internationally respected for its opinion research capabilities. University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics is a bipartisan research and teaching institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, and ethical behavior. The University of Akron (UA), Ohio's Polytechnic University, is the region's most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education.