In a new Quinnipiac poll released this morning, Hillary Clinton is found smarter and more moral than Donald Trump, and she leads him overall, but Trump is beating her out in leadership ability, likability, and honesty.
Hillary is ahead of Trump in a close 45 – 41 “battle of the sexes” as the University poll puts it.
In a Clinton-Trump matchup, men go Republican 51 – 35 percent, while women go Democratic 54 – 30 percent. Republicans back Trump 86 – 4 percent and Democrats back Clinton 90 – 6 percent. Independent voters are divided, with 40 percent for Trump and 37 percent for Clinton.
“This is a very tight race that will divide Democrats and Republicans, the young and the old, white, black and Hispanic voters – and husbands and wives – in the months ahead,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders can take solace in the fact that he leads Donald Trump, but the cold hard truth is that his own party favors Hillary Clinton by a whopping 13 points.
“American voters don’t like either one of the front-runners. The question could be who we dislike the least.”
Poor old Bernie. But that’s not even the most interesting part of the poll. Here’s more:
American voters say 56 – 35 percent that Clinton is better prepared to be president than Trump; 51 – 37 percent that she is more intelligent and 47 – 36 percent that she has higher moral standards. But voters say 44 – 39 percent that Trump is more honest and trustworthy; 49 – 45 percent that he is a stronger leader and 48 – 39 percent that he is more inspiring.
I have no idea how one would choose which of those two has higher moral standards, but if you go by blood on their hands, seems Trump should have come out more moral. On the other hand, deciding which one is more honest seems impossible. How can two perpetual liars be rated on honesty? Neither one is familiar with the concept.
Really the result is totally bipolar, which is about what can be expected when you’re being forced to rank two awful things.
And even so, that’s not the most interesting part of the poll. Here is the most interesting part:
When third party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton gets 40 percent with Trump at 38 percent, too close to call, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson gets 5 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 3 percent.
Adding in the third party hurts Hillary the most, not Trump. Now that is interesting.