Politics

Voters Not Buying Clinton, Trump Campaign Promises

| by Nik Bonopartis
A photoshop depicting the "Great Wall of Trump"A photoshop depicting the "Great Wall of Trump"

Americans don't believe Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton when it comes to campaign promises, according to a new poll.

That probably doesn't come as a surprise to most observers after earlier polls have consistently shown voters do not view the Republican nominee and his presumptive Democratic rival as honest politicians.

The Quinnipiac University poll quizzed 1,561 registered voters between May 24 and May 30. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

“No matter which candidate you pick, you can cut the cynicism with a knife,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of polling at Quinnipiac, said in a statement.

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Although voters were skeptical of both candidates, they were more skeptical of Clinton's intentions.

"There are grand promises that stoke enthusiasm at rallies, and then there is reality," Malloy said. "Voters say Trump would try and likely fail, while Clinton would not even try."

On Trump's famous pledge to build a wall along the southern U.S. border -- and force the Mexican government to pay for it -- only 24 percent of likely voters told the pollsters they believe the Republican candidate would deliver on that promise if elected, per CBS News.

Thirty-nine percent said they think he'll try but won't be successful, while 29 percent say they don't think he'll attempt to build the wall if elected.

Voters are also skeptical of Trump's ability to deport illegal immigrants. Nineteen percent think he can and will deliver on that promise, while 29 percent say he won't try and 45 percent say he'll try and fail.

Clinton, who has been hammered by Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders on her close ties to Wall Street, fares even worse than Trump on the question of whether she'll "rein in" Wall Street, CBS reported. Fifty-six percent of voters say Clinton, who accepts Wall Street corporations' donations to her campaign, will not attempt to regulate Wall Street if she's elected president. About a fifth of voters say she'll try and fail, while 15 percent said she'll follow through.

Voters don't appear to trust the former secretary of state on her promises to reform campaign finance laws, the poll found. Sixty-three percent told pollsters they don't believe Clinton will attempt to "curb secret money flowing into politics," CBS reported. Only nine percent said she'll follow through and succeed.

Sources: CBS News, Quinnipiac University / Photo credit: A_BOMB2012/Reddit

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