An Economist/YouGov poll reveals the extent of the public’s dissatisfaction with the candidates running for the presidency.
Voters were asked to give a one-word assessment of the candidates during the February survey, and the answers were overwhelmingly negative, with no candidate sweeping the board as a popular figure.
Republican primary voters, for example, asked to give their verdict on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were unified in their negative perceptions of the Democratic front runner, describing her as a “liar,” “dishonest” and “criminal.” (RELATED: Poll: Hillary Clinton Least Honest And Trustworthy Of All Presidential Candidates)
Even among Democratic voters, some of the words most likely to come to mind when people are quizzed about the former Secretary of State are “untrustworthy,” “liar” and “dishonest.”
Fortunately for Clinton, however, the most common responses her name elicited were “qualified” and “experienced.”
GOP voters have a much more favorable impression of Sen. Bernie Sanders — not in terms of policy but in terms of integrity.
“Sanders has the quality Republican voters think Clinton lacks: the perception of honesty. Nearly half of GOP voters regard Sanders as honest and trustworthy,” writes YouGov’s Kathy Frankovic. Republican voters, however, strongly identify Sanders with his age, socialism and even communism.
Democrats share their Republican rivals’ tendency to associate Sanders with honesty and socialism.
As for the Republican front runner Donald Trump, Democrats listed everything from “facist” to “crazy” when his name was mentioned.
Republican voters were more likely to see Trump as strong and a winner, but many of them agree with Democrats that Trump is a “bully” and “arrogant.”
The increasingly harsh rhetoric spawning from the Republican race is having an effect on how voters view the candidates, according to YouGov.
“The other GOP candidates’ word images share the same pattern: attacks on Texas Senator [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] honesty and campaign tactics are having an impact (but mostly on Democratic voters, as Republican voters are more likely to cite him as a conservative),” said Frankovic.
The favorite of the Republican establishment, Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], fared poorly with both GOP and Democratic voters. Both groups said the Florida senator was “inexperienced.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was viewed as “unknown” and “moderate” by both Republicans and Democrats.
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