Hillary Clinton leads by 5 points as Donald Trump personality concerns persist, poll finds
President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on Nov. 8, 2016. Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.(SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)
People cheer at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown on Nov. 8, 2016 in New York City.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
People react as they watch voting result at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Nov. 8, 2016 in New York City.(Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Supporters cheer as they watch election returns during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(David Goldman / AP)
About a dozen supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump carry signs and flags as they walk through New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Seth Wenig / AP)
The White House is seen during the presidential election night on Nov. 8, 2016, in Washington, D.C.(YURI GRIPAS / AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, greet supporters after voting in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Seth Wenig / AP)
Hana Alshamry, left, waits in line with others to vote at the Holladay City Hall on Nov. 8, 2016, in Holladay, Utah.(Rick Bowmer / AP)
David Trahan votes while wearing American flag tights at City Hall in San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2016.(Jeff Chiu / AP)
David Delacruz votes as his dog Bozco waits at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Jeff Chiu / AP)
Shawna Gable arrives to vote on Election Day at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.(Gerald Herbert / AP)
Luis Arturo Chapas looks over his ballot before voting on Election Day at the Foodland Grocery Store and Mercado in the National City section in San Diego on Nov. 8, 2016.(John Gibbins / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Ranelle Taylor points to her “I Voted” sticker after voting at Santa Monica City Hall on Nov. 8, 2016, in Santa Monica, California.(Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images)
An American flag sits upon a mountaintop as a train rolls by outside Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 8, 2016.(Jeff Swensen / Getty Images)
Voters stand in line as others vote at the Neptune Society Columbarium polling location, a neo-classical building that stores cinerary urns, in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 8, 2016.(David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)
Vice President Joe Biden receives his “I Voted” sticker after casting his vote on Election Day on Nov. 8, 2016, at A.I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Delaware.(Jennifer Corbett / AP)
Voters cast their ballots at the Sutton town hall on Nov. 8, 2016, in Sutton, New Hampshire.(Ryan McBride / AFP/Getty Images)
First dog Sutter Brown looks around as his owner, California Gov. Jerry Brown, third from right, talks to reporters after casting his ballot in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
Retired lab worker Marquita Sena of Pojoaque, N.M., joins Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson in waving a sign at an intersection outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Morgan Lee / AP)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence walks with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Charlotte, to cast their ballots on Nov. 8, 2016, in Indianapolis.(Darron Cummings / AP)
Dump trucks sit outside of Trump Tower as security is increased in the area on Election Day on Nov. 8, 2016, in New York City.(Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump cast their votes on Election Day at on Nov. 8, 2016, in New York City. T(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
A voter carries in her mail-in ballot to her polling station Nov. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz.(Matt York / AP)
Libertarian vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, arrives to cast his vote at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Canton, Mass., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Michael Dwyer / AP)
A voter leaves the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station after casting his ballot in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on Nov. 8, 2016.(Angela Weiss / AFP/Getty Images)
Workers prepare the room for Donald Trump for his election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown on Nov. 8, 2016, in New York City.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Shafqat Chaudhry waits to get his ballot at the Croatian Cultural Center in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago on Nov. 8, 2016.(Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)
Voters wait in line outside a polling location before the polls open at Briles Schoolhouse in Peoria Township near Ottawa, Kansas, on Nov. 8, 2016.(Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Voters arrive at the Mission by the Sea Church to cast their ballots on Nov. 8, 2016, in Alligator Point, Florida.(Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images)
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is accompanied by daughter Kate Daley, 12, son Jacob Daley, 9, and husband Joe Daley as she walks to cast her vote at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School on Nov. 8, 2016, in Nashua, New Hampshire.(Kayana Szymczak / Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, greet supporters after voting in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Seth Wenig / AP)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes out of the voting booth after casting his ballot on Election Day at the Emergency Services Building on Nov. 8, 2016, in Mendham, N.J.(Bob Karp / The Daily Record)
Tim Kaine, D-Va., and his wife, Anne Holton carry their ballot to the tally machine after voting in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Steve Helber / AP)
Voters wait in line to vote in the presidential election before the polls opened at the North Cincinnati Community Church in Ohio on Nov. 8, 2016.(Mark Lyons / EPA)
Virginia residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the the 2016 presidential election before the polls open at an historic property called the “Hunter House” at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia, on Nov. 8, 2016.(Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA)
A line of voters stretches around the block while waiting to cast their ballots at a polling site in New York as One World Trade Center stands at left in the background on Nov. 8, 2016.(David Goldman / AP)
People wait in line to vote at a poll station in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 8, 2016.(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump arrives for his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place on Nov. 8, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 07, 2016.(Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on Independence Mall on Nov. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, left, and his daughter Tiffany Trump attend Trump’s final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place on Nov. 8, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga perform during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 8, 2016.(Gerry Broome / AP)
A line of early voters waits outside the Franklin County Board of Elections on Nov. 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.(John Minchillo / AP)
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally on Nov. 7, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Donald Trump holds up a rubber mask of himself during a campaign rally in the Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Nov. 7, 2016, in Sarasota, Florida.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Supporters look on as Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally Nov. 7, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
A view of preparations being made for Hillary Clinton’s election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Nov. 7, 2016 in New York City.(Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press)
Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport on Nov. 7, 2016, in White Plains, New York.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Donald Trump checks the time during a rally at Loudon Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2016.(Michael Reynolds / EPA)
Donald Trump steps off of his airplane after arriving for a campaign rally at Pittsburgh International Airport on Nov. 6, 2016 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Khizr Khan speaks during a campaign rally with Hillary Clinton at The Armory on Nov. 6, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton boards her plane at Burke Lakefront Airport on Nov. 6, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.(Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump supporters arrive for a campaign stop at a hangar at the Minneapolis International Airport on Nov. 6, 2016, in Minneapolis.(Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)
A young supporter cries as Hillary Clinton speaks during a get-out-the-vote concert featuring Katy Perry at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 5, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Secret Service agents rush Donald Trump off the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 5, 2016.(John Locher / AP)
Barack Obama walks toward Marine One as he departs the White House on Nov. 6, 2016, in Washington, D.C., on his way to Orlando, Fla., to campaign for for Hillary Clinton.(Olivier Douliery / AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters cheer as Donald Trump’s plane leaves a campaign event Nov. 4, 2016, in Wilmington, Ohio.(Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)
Donald Trump supporter Earl Hood of Ft. Luton, Colorado, waits for Trump to address a capacity crowd during a campaign rally at the National Western Complex in Denver on Nov. 5, 2016.(Jason Connolly / AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, seen in reflection, greets people outside an early voting center in West Miami, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.(Andrew Harnik / AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up 6-month-old Catalina Larkin, of Largo, Fla., during a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.(Chris O’Meara / AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Pembroke Pines, Fla.(Wilfredo Lee / AP)
Jim Lovel of St. Petersburg, Fla., gets his service dog “Henry the Dog” to bark before a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.(Chris O’Meara / AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, on Nov. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.(Evan Vucci / AP)
A young girl stands next to a large Dominican Republic flag as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets people outside an early voting center in West Miami, Fla.,Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.(Andrew Harnik / AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania as she introduces him at a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Wilmington, N.C.(John Bazemore / AP)
Members of the audience stand in the rain before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a rally at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.(Andrew Harnik / AP)
After running even with Donald Trump early last week, Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead in the latest Post-ABC Tracking Poll overall, as well as clear advantages on several personal attributes.
Enthusiasm for Clinton and Trump now stands at rough parity, both significantly lower than it was among supporters of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney four years ago. But Clinton has a clear advantage in affirmative support, with 55 percent of her backers saying the main reason they are voting for her is because they support her, compared with 43 percent of Trump voters. More Trump voters say they are voting for him mainly because they oppose Clinton.
The Post-ABC poll finds Clinton with a 48 percent to 43 percent lead in overall vote preferences, just on the edge of statistical significance but continuing a clear trend of improvement since the race was locked at 46 percent at the beginning of last week. Clinton has benefited from more united support from non-white voters as well as with “pure” political independents who do not lean toward either party.
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Clinton’s advantage in the tracking poll is slightly larger than her standing in other national surveys released in the past week. Clinton was up three points in a CBS News/New York Times poll, two points in a Fox News poll, one point in a McClatchy-Marist poll and tied in the IBD/TIPP daily poll released Saturday -- results that lean in her favor, but not by a significant margin.
The new Post-ABC poll asked voters which candidate they favored across five personal attributes debated during the campaign, including honesty, empathy, qualifications, moral character and temperament.
Clinton holds clear advantages on four of the five qualities, some by very large margins. By 58 percent to 32 percent, more voters prefer Clinton’s personality and temperament, and by 55 percent to 36 percent, more say she has better qualifications for the job than Trump does. The Democratic nominee also holds an eight-point advantage on the question of which candidate has a better understanding of the “problems of people like you,” and a seven-point lead when voters are asked which candidate has stronger moral character.
But Trump maintains a 44 percent to 40 percent edge over Clinton on which candidate is more honest and trustworthy, though that result is down from an eight-point edge last week after the FBI announced the discovery of additional emails that might be relevant to from their investigation of her use of a private server while secretary of state.
While voter preference on candidate qualities seemed clear, they were more closely split on who they trust to deal with major policy issues. A previous wave of the Post-ABC Tracking Poll released this week found neither candidate held a double-digit advantage on trust to handle the economy, terrorism, immigration, health care or corruption in government.
There are sizable minorities of Trump and Clinton supporters who do not vouch for some of their personal qualities. About 82 percent of Clinton supporters say she is more honest and trustworthy than Trump, while 18 percent do not, saying neither is better than the other or that they have no opinion. Defections from Trump are sharpest on the issue of personality and temperament, with 27 percent of his backers saying he does not have a better personality and temperament than Clinton; 17 percent say he is not more qualified. Fewer than 2 in 10 of these voters say their vote for Trump is mainly because they support him, while more than two-thirds say they are mainly voting against Clinton.
Voters’ opinions on the personal traits of Clinton and Trump are closely tied to which candidate they support. But the poll finds the connection is closer on the question of which candidate “better understands the problems of people like you.” Fully 84 percent of likely voters say they support the candidate who is more empathetic, while only 1 percent choose the opposite. The connection is weakest for temperament, with 77 percent supporting the candidate they prefer on this question while 6 percent choose the opposite (nearly all of them Trump supporters).
The contrast between the candidates’ results on personal characteristics helps explain Trump’s historically weak standing among white women with college degrees. In the 2012 election, Republican Mitt Romney won that group by six points. Today, the Post-ABC poll finds Clinton leads that group by 16 points, 54 percent to 38 percent.
On all five attributes measured, white college-educated women prefer Clinton to Trump, and are more likely to say so than voters overall. White women college graduates are 12 points more likely than voters overall to say Clinton has better temperament than voters overall, 10 points more likely on “moral character,” nine points more likely on empathy, eight points on honesty and seven points on overall qualifications.
In contrast to Trump’s struggles on personal traits among college-educated white women, he fared well compared to Clinton when it comes to being trusted to handle some top issues in a previous wave of the Post-ABC Tracking poll last week (where Trump fared slightly better in overall voting). Trump topped Clinton by six points on this group in trust to handle terrorism and national security, five points on handling corruption and four points on the economy, while trailing by seven on immigration and health care alike.
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