Not even Donald Trump’s supporters like him. With less than two-weeks to go before Election Day, the Pew Research Center reported Thursday 70 percent of voters said the Republican presidential nominee was hard to like; 59 percent said the same about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Clinton supporters said they have a hard time respecting Trump supporters, with 58 percent saying it’s really hard. Among Trump supporters, 40 percent said they have a hard time respecting anyone who would vote for Clinton.
The survey also found voters think the candidates have poor judgment, with 65 percent saying that about Trump and 56 percent saying that about Clinton. When it comes to honesty, just 33 percent described Clinton and 37 percent described Trump as honest despite fact-checking sites pointing out Trump has told more whoppers during the campaign than Clinton.
Pew gave Clinton a 7-point lead on Trump come Election Day, 50 percent to 43 percent.
Supporters don’t think Trump would make a great president, either, with 56 percent of Trump’s backers saying he would make a poor or terrible president. The assessment isn’t great for Hillary Clinton either. Twenty-seven percent of her supporters said she would make a poor or terrible president. The good news is 35 percent said she would be good or great compared to 27 percent of Trump supporters saying they had the same faith in their candidate.
Compared to their 2008 counterparts, Clinton fared better than Trump. In 2008, voters described Barack Obama and John McCain as honest, 63 percent and 61 percent, respectively. Sixty-two percent see Clinton as well-qualified to be president, compared to 53 percent for Obama in 2008. The gap is even greater between McCain and Trump, 72 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
Half of all voters and 88 percent of her supporters said Clinton understands the needs of voters while 39 percent of all voters and 88 percent of Trump supporters say the same of him.
Voters are concerned over possible conflicts of interests for both candidates, with 62 percent saying they are very or somewhat concerned about her ability to serve the country’s best interests, with 62 percent saying they are very or somewhat concerned about Clinton’s ability to serve the country’s best interests and 59 percent saying they are concerned about Trump’s relationships with organizations, businesses or foreign governments.
The survey sampled 2,583 adults by landline phone and 1,936 by cell phone Oct. 20-25, with the margin of error was pegged at 2.2 percentage points.