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Leading US presidential candidates ‘terrible’: Poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A poll by the Pew Research Center has found that Americans are cynical of Trump, Clinton and other 2016 US presidential candidates.

American voters are skeptical that any of the leading US presidential candidates would make a good president, according to the latest national survey released on Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Of nine candidates in the US presidential race, far more voters say each would make a “terrible” than a “great” president, said the Pew Research Center, a think tank based in Washington, DC.

More voters, or 44 percent, say Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would be either poor or terrible in the White House; 28 percent say she would be terrible.

Roughly half, or 52 percent, think Republican front-runner Donald Trump would make a poor or terrible president, with 38 percent saying he would be terrible. Just 12 percent think Trump would be an average president.

 

Views of other candidates as potential presidents – Senators Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – are more mixed.

Sanders, who has proven to be a tough challenge for Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination, came in at third, with 21 percent of the participants saying he will be a good president and only 17 percent thinking otherwise.

Just 20 percent think Cruz, Rubio and former neurosurgeon Ben Rubio will be good presidents.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush scored the second lowest favorable scores at 15 percent, holding a 3-point lead over Ohio Governor John Kasich at the bottom.

Interestingly though, 35 percent of the participants thought Bush would make an “average” president, the category’s highest percentage among all candidates.

There is less than two weeks left until the primary elections in New Hampshire and Iowa, the first in a series of nationwide elections to determine which candidates will represent their party in the upcoming presidential election in November.


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