56 percent of American voters do not see Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump as qualified for president, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, showed the different perceptions of Trump as seen by Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Nearly 80 percent of registered Democratic voters do not seen Trump as qualified to run the country, with 60 percent of Independents also in agreement.
However, Trump’s net favorability rating has greatly increased from his position in May, before he declared his candidacy. He ranking was at -49 among all voters just months ago; now, Trump’s ranking is -18. In a survey of just registered Republican voters, Trump’s rating stands at +29, up from -18 in May.
Moreover, voters view Trump as most honest and trustworthy than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose e-mail scandal has severely hurt her credibility over the summer. However, Clinton rates well above Trump on every other issue, including voters agreeing that Clinton has greater temperament to become president rather than Trump. Interestingly, in a head-to-head matchup, Trump trails Clinton by just three points, 46 to 43 percent.
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Another poll via CBS News and the New York Times asked about the 16 remaining Republican presidential candidates showed Trump’s approval numbers increasing, to 27 percent approval. Dr. Ben Carson finished second with 23 percent, nearly four times higher than his approval from a previous poll.
The second GOP debate will air on CNN Sept. 16, where voters will get a second chance to view all the candidate live on stage.