President Obama has denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as “unfit to serve” and “woefully unprepared to do this job.” Nearly half of voters agree, but they’re not so sure about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton either.
Rasmussen Reports in a national telephone and online survey told 1,000 likely voters told that a major public figure had criticized one of the two major party presidential candidates this way and asked them which of the two this best describes. Forty-eight percent say Trump, while 37 percent feel it best describes Clinton. Twelve percent say it applies to both candidates; 2 percent say neither.
The president was not identified as the source of the quotations to ensure that that didn’t influence the answers, but only 29 percent of voters feel criticism of a GOP candidate by Obama, a Democrat, is bad for a candidate. Seventeen percent say his criticism is good for that candidate, while 47 percent say it has no impact.
The partisan breakdown is predictable. Seventy-five percent of Democrats feel Trump is the candidate who is “unfit to serve” and “woefully unprepared to do this job.” But 19 percent of the voters in her party feel that way about Clinton, while 5 percent say it applies to both of them.
Sixty-three percent of Republicans say Clinton is the candidate this description best applies to, although 21 percent think Trump is the bigger problem of the two. Fifteen percent of GOP voters say Obama’s negative description fits them both.
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 44 percent agree with the president’s characterization of Trump, but 34 percent feel it’s more applicable to Clinton. Seventeen percent say they both fit the bill, while 4 percent think neither do.