In Connecticut, where neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is well liked, a Quinnipiac Poll
released Wednesday shows Democrat Clinton leading GOP front-runner Trump in a head-to-head race for the White House, 56 percent to 38 percent.
When third-party candidates are added to the mix, the poll shows:
- Hillary Clinton, 41 percent;
- Donald Trump, 36 percent;
- Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, 6 percent;
- Green Party candidate, 3 percent.
The poll also finds Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders topping Trump, 54 percent to 35 percent.
"While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, her single digit lead is smaller than might be expected from true-blue Connecticut, and her negative favorability rating is almost as bad as his," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.
In terms of favorability:
- Hillary Clinton, 37 percent of voters have a "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable opinion while 55 percent have a "somewhat unfavorable" or "very unfavorable" opinion.
- Donald Trump, 33 percent of voters have a "strongly favorable" or "somewhat favorable opinion while 61 percent have a "somewhat unfavorable" or "very unfavorable" opinion.
- Jill Stein, 90 percent don't know enough.
- Gary Johnson, 86 percent don't know enough.
When Connecticut voters were asked whether Clinton was prepared to take on the role of commander-in-chief, 61 to 37 percent say she is and 69 to 30 percent think Trump is not prepared.
However, according to the poll Connecticut voters believer 55 to 42 percent that the real estate mogul will bring about "real change in the way things are done in Washington."
Clinton, according to voters, 82 to 16 percent, say Clinton will be "business as usual."
In terms of "personality and temperament":
- 60 to 39 percent of voters say Clinton has the right personality and temperament;
- 68 to 29 percent of voters say Trump does not have the right personality and temperament.
"It’s pretty amazing that Trump is within single digits of Clinton, given how poorly he scores on having the temperament and being prepared for the presidency," Schwartz said.
"What Trump has going for him is the desire for change, and the weakness of Hillary Clinton."
From June 1 – 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,330 Connecticut voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
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