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Trump More Trustworthy Than Hillary In New National Poll

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Voters feel Republican nominee Donald Trump is more honest and straightforward than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Wall Street Journal poll published Thursday.

Forty-one percent of likely voters reported that Trump was more honest, compared to only 31 percent who reported that Clinton was more honest.

Clinton still carried an overall six-point lead over Trump — the former secretary of state earned 43 percent, and Trump earned 37 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein combined earned 12 percent.

This is the first Wall Street Journal poll of the 2016 election season to include only likely voters, so it can’t be directly compared to previous polls that focused on registered voters.

Clinton carried a five-point lead among the larger pool of registered voters, down from a nine-point lead in the same poll taken in August.

Forty-four percent of likely voters who support Clinton are only doing so because they don’t like Trump, according to the poll. Fifty-one percent of Trump’s likely voter support comes from people who just don’t like Clinton. Both numbers are slightly down from where they were during the primary process in May.

Thirty-three percent of voters reported their key problem with Trump was him “not having the right temperament to serve as commander in chief.”

Twenty seven percent reported they were more concerned with Trump’s recent statements about immigration.

Voters were more concerned with Clinton’s ability to deal with Syria, Iraq, and Libya — 36 percent of voters reported that was the concern most important to them. Twenty-nine percent of likely voters reported they were most concerned with Clinton’s private email server.

The poll began Sept. 16, and continued through Sept. 19. The registered voters poll received a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, and the likely voter poll carried a margin of error of 3.23 percentage points.

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