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About that whole “Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president” kerfuffle a few days ago: Some interesting new survey data from YouGov/The Economist find that Clinton is the only remaining candidate who a majority of the American public believes is “qualified” for the presidency.


Source: YouGov poll of about 2,000 people conducted April 8-11, margin of error ±2.8 percent.

She does well on this question mostly because the share of Democrats calling her “qualified” is very high (84 percent); she actually registers the lowest share of Republicans judging a candidate “qualified” (24 percent).

On other characteristics, the general public’s views of Clinton look pretty lousy. Take honesty, for example. Just 30 percent say she’s “honest and trustworthy,” which is about the same share received by each of the Republican candidates. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is actually the only major candidate still running whom a majority of the public considers “honest and trustworthy.”


Source: YouGov poll of about 2,000 people conducted April 8-11, margin of error ±2.8 percent.

Sanders is also the only candidate whom more than half of Americans (just barely, at 51 percent) view favorably. Of all candidates still in the race, he also has the highest share of survey respondents saying that the candidate “inspires [them] about the future of the country” (39 percent, so still pretty low). There are some other interesting questions and cross-tabs here.