With the general election coming into sharper focus, the potential match-up seems to be clearly between presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and expected Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. As for which of the two the American public will get behind, a newly released survey gives some interesting insights.
According to Gallup, who conducted the poll between May 18 and 22, Americans believe Hillary “has the experience it takes to be president” 62 percent against Trump’s 31 percent.
Clinton cited this stark difference in experience on the campaign trail during a stop in San Diego, California, June 2.
“Now imagine Donald Trump sitting in the situation room, making life or death decisions on behalf of the United States,” Clinton began, portraying Trump’s foreign policy acumen, reports NPR. “Imagine him deciding whether to send your spouses or children into battle. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.”
The question of “would display good judgment in a crisis” was also asked by Gallup. Clinton fared nearly 10 percentage points better than Trump, as 48 percent of respondents said that this characteristic applied to Clinton, while only 39 percent said it applied to Trump.
During the same speech in San Diego, Clinton mocked Trump’s foreign experience claim. “[Trump] says he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia,” reports Politifact.
The comment refers to a May 2016 interview Trump held with Fox News. “I know Russia well,” Trump told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago, Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event. An incredible success.”
According to the Gallup poll, Trump held leads of his own, especially when it came to being “a strong and decisive leader” – a question in which he scored 9 percentage points over Clinton.
Ultimately, Justin McCarthy of Gallup wrote that the survey shows “Americans tend to see the two candidates as strong leaders, but ones lacking in honesty and morality.”