Asked in a poll if either candidate would display “good judgment in a crisis,” 48 percent of respondents said Hillary Clinton would, while 39 percent said Donald Trump would do so. | AP Photo
Twice as many Americans say Hillary Clinton has the experience necessary to be president than does Donald Trump, according to the results of a Gallup survey released Friday.
Asked about a dozen personal and political characteristics and qualities pertaining to the two candidates likely to square off in November, 62 percent said the former secretary of state has the experience it takes to be president, while 31 percent said the same for Trump. The 31-point gap is the largest between the two candidates.
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The largest gap in the other direction in favor of Trump is just 9 points, with respect to being a “strong and decisive leader.” While 60 percent said they would describe the businessman that way, 51 percent said that descriptor would apply to Clinton as well.
Clinton holds a 12-point advantage over Trump in terms of Americans’ confidence in her to “work well with both parties to get things done in Washington,” with 51 percent saying she would, compared with 39 percent who said the same for the presumptive Republican nominee.
While 46 percent said Clinton is “likable,” 36 percent said the same for Trump. Asked if either candidate would display “good judgment in a crisis,” 48 percent said Clinton would, while 39 percent said Trump would do so. Clinton leads Trump by seven points each on the characteristics of managing the government “effectively” (49 percent to his 42 percent) and caring “about the needs of people like you” (44 percent to 37 percent).
The gap narrows when it comes to more intrinsic personal qualities, such as “has strong moral character.” While 39 percent said that would apply to Clinton, a comparable 36 percent said the same of Trump. And the candidates are about even when it comes to being seen as “honest and trustworthy” — 32 percent described Clinton that way, while 33 percent said the same of Trump.
Trump leads Clinton by five points in terms of being able to “bring the changes this country needs,” 42 percent to 37 percent, while Americans are also more likely to say the real-estate magnate is more likely to stand up to special interests, 52 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent.
The poll was conducted May 18-22 via landlines and cellphones, surveying a random national sample of 1,530 adults with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.