Quinnipiac Poll: Trump Unqualified To Be President


The majority of Americans don't trust Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but even more believe Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not qualified to run the country, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

"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.

The poll found that 55 percent of voters believe Clinton is “not honest enough to be president” and 56 percent say she "does not believe that she has to play by the same rules as everyone else."

But when it comes to whether Clinton or Trump is more qualified to be president, the former Secretary of State beats the former reality TV show star.

The Quinnipiac poll found that 62 percent of voters believe Clinton is qualified to be commander in chief while 61 percent believe that Trump is not qualified.

Voters also prefer Clinton over Trump on many policy issues and character traits desired in a president.

“Trump trails Clinton on foreign policy, immigration, experience, intelligence and level headedness, but perhaps most damning, American likely voters say 61 - 35 percent that 'the way Donald Trump talks appeals to bigotry,'" Malloy said.

Despite Clinton's advantage on specific questions, she has only a slim lead over Trump in the poll.

Head-to-head, Clinton beats Trump 48 to 43 percent. But when Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are included in the question, Clinton edges out Trump by only two percentage points, 41 to 39.

Other polls released on Sept. 16 show a more favorable picture for Trump.

The Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll has Trump ahead of Clinton by 6 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.

And the Detroit Free Press found that Clinton and Trump are in a virtual tie in Michigan, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1988.

Sources: Quinnipiac University, Real Clear Politics, Detroit Free Press / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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