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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What America Thinks: Clinton, Trump - and Trust

Voters are convinced the media is more obsessed with creating controversy than in airing out the issues when it comes to the candidates for president. But that doesn’t mean voters don’t have definite opinions on where presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the key issues of the day. So what does America think?

When it comes to the economy and job creation, voters believe Trump will do a better job, but they give the edge to Clinton on environmental issues and social matters such as abortion and church/state issues.

Voters remain lukewarm about how President Obama is handling national security. Just 15% think Clinton will do a better job, but 39% say Trump will do better. But more voters also think Trump will do a worse job than Clinton. The former secretary of State comes out ahead as a better leader for the United States when it comes to dealing with our allies, but voters see the two equally as a leader when dealing with our enemies.

More than half of voters say they would feel less safe with either Trump or Clinton as commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces. But 33% say they’d feel safer with Trump in charge of the U.S. military, compared to only 20% who feel that way about Clinton.

Voters are even more critical of the president’s handling of illegal immigration. Among voters for whom illegal immigration is a Very Important voting issue this fall, 52% think Clinton will do about the same as Obama, but 71% feel Trump will do a better job. Voters who don’t care much about the issue are more critical of Trump.

In the end, voters seem to put more trust in Trump than Clinton to tackle the major issues, although they’re nearly as likely to distrust him. The partisan divide is predictable, but unaffiliated voters are leaning Trump’s way so far.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.