FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Although the horse race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump remains close, likely voters say nearly 2-1 that Clinton is more qualified to be president and that Trump is not qualified, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday.
It's 62 percent vs. 38 percent that Clinton is qualified to be president and 61 percent vs. 38 percent that Trump is not qualified.
"Despite terrible marks on honesty, despite what voters perceive as a level of arrogance that puts her above the rules, voters say almost 2-1 that Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, and say by a wide margin that Donald Trump is not qualified," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Voters say 55 percent to 43 percent that Clinton is not honest enough to be president, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll said. Likely voters are divided on Trump, as 50 percent say he is honest enough to be president and 48 percent say he is not honest enough.
Clinton tops Trump 48 percent to 43 percent in a head-to-head matchup. With third party candidates in the race, results are too close to call, with Clinton at 41 percent, Trump at 39 percent, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson at 13 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 4 percent.
American likely voters say 61 percent to 35 percent that "the way Donald Trump talks appeals to bigotry." White voters believe this 56 percent to 41 percent and non-white voters agree 73 percent to 19 percent.
And voters say 75 percent to 20 percent, including 60 percent to 31 percent among Republicans, that Trump should release his tax returns.
Looking at Clinton, voters say 56 percent to 42 percent she "does not believe that she has to play by the same rules as everyone else."
American likely voters say 54 percent to 37 percent that Trump is more transparent than Clinton. Voters give both candidates negative grades for honesty, but Clinton's are lower, as voters say 65 percent to 32 percent she is not honest. Trump is not honest, voters say 57 percent to 40 percent.
Clinton has much better scores than Trump on other key qualities:
- Voters say 68 percent to 31 percent that she has the right kind of experience to be president and 65 percent to 34 percent that Trump does not have the experience;
- Voters say 88 percent to 11 percent that Clinton is intelligent and 69 percent to 29 percent that Trump is intelligent;
- Clinton cares about average Americans, voters say 53 percent to 46 percent, while Trump does not, voters say 55 percent to 44 percent;
- Clinton is level-headed, voters say 63 percent to 55 percent, but Trump is not, voters say 69 percent to 27 percent;
- Both candidates get a 76 percent to 23 percent score for being "a strong person."
Good leadership skills are most important in a president, 26 percent of voters say, while 20 percent most want a president who cares about average Americans and 16 percent want a president who is honest.
Clinton has good leadership skills, voters say 55 percent to 43 percent, and so does Trump, voters say 54 percent to 43 percent.
American likely voters are tied 49 percent to 49 percent on whether Clinton or Trump would make the right decisions concerning the economy. Clinton would do a better job keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism, 49 percent of voters say, while 47 percent say Trump would do better.
Clinton tops Trump on handling other key issues:
- Voters say 51 percent to 46 percent that she would do a better job on immigration;
- Voters trust her more than Trump, 52 percent to 43 percent, to make the right decision about sending U.S. troops overseas;
- Voters trust her more 57 percent to 39 percent, to handle foreign policy.
"Trump trails Clinton on foreign policy, immigration, experience, intelligence and level headedness, but perhaps most damning, American likely voters say 61 to 35 percent that 'the way Donald Trump talks appeals to bigotry,'" Malloy said.
From Sept. 8 to 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 960 likely voters nationwide with a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.
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