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Poll: Voters See Trump As More Honest Than Clinton

| by Nik Bonopartis
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Embattled Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has had a rough stretch -- in addition to a damning state department report about her email controversy and an untimely deposition involving her former chief of staff, a new poll reaffirms that voters don't consider her honest.

Less honest, in fact, than Donald Trump, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released June 1.

Thirty percent of voters say the Republican nominee is more honest than most politicians, while only 15 percent say Clinton is more honest than her peers.

The numbers weren't exactly flattering for Trump, either, according to the poll of 1,000 likely voters, and both candidates remain deeply unpopular in national polls that have measured favorability.

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Some political scientists believe Clinton is held to a different standard than Trump.

Women are typically viewed as more honest than men, said Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers. But male politicians are usually adept at attacking the credibility of female candidates, Dittmar told the Washington Post.

"Those attacks may be more effective against women than men because women are held to a higher standard on honesty and ethics," Dittmar said. "In other words, since voters are more likely to expect women to be honest, the penalty to women for appearing dishonest may be greater than it is for men."

The website Politifact says Clinton's statements have been true or "mostly true" 50 percent of the time, while rating Trump's statements as false 42 percent of the time, and "pants on fire" false 20 percent of the time. According to the site, which is owned by the left-leaning Tampa Bay Times, only 12 percent of Trump's statements are true or mostly true.

Clinton's honesty ratings may not have been helped by the late-May release of the state department Inspector General's report, which said Clinton did not cooperate with its investigation despite saying publicly that she would "talk to anybody any time." An Associated Press report cataloged statements that Clinton has made that were proven false by the report, including assurances that her email server had not been hacked, and her claim that she was never told not to use a personal email system.

Sources: Rasmussen Reports, Associated Press, Politifact [2], Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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