Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a seven-point lead over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Among 1,007 likely voters:
- Clinton is favored by 47 percent;
- Trump: 40 percent;
- Libertarian Gary Johnson: 7 percent;
- Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 1 percent.
A majority of voters in the poll says that the media is biased against Trump.
- Biased: 55 percent;
- Not biased: 42 percent.
Breaking down those results by party affiliation, both Republicans and independent voters believe the media is biased:
- Biased: 88 percent;
- Not biased: 8 percent.
- Biased: 61 percent;
- Not biased: 37 percent.
Democratic voters believe the media does not oppose the Republican candidate:
- Biased: 20 percent.
- Not biased: 77 percent
"Donald Trump made the charge, and American likely voters agree: There IS a media bias against the GOP contender," said Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac poll assistant director.
Another poll question asked whether each candidate has a "sense of decency." A higher percentage believes that Trump does not have one.
- No sense of decency: 59 percent;
- Sense of decency: 36 percent.
- Sense of decency: 55 percent;
- No sense of decency: 42 percent.
Whether the two candidates were fit to be the commander in chief was another poll question.
- Fit: 58 percent;
- Unfit: 38 percent.
- Fit: 47 percent;
- Unfit: 49 percent.
"Media bias or not, Trump’s character issues have ominous implications. The consensus opinion is that Trump groped women and is neither fit enough nor a decent enough person to be President," Malloy said.
Trump and his supporters have claimed that the media is biased against him; in one instance the candidate criticized "Saturday Night Live" for a parody of him.
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