Quinnipiac University is the most recent pollster to ask Americans how they feel about Clinton and Donald Trump in a poll released on Thursday afternoon. And again we see that on a number of qualities the two are tied or near-tied (like on honesty) -- and on a few others, Clinton has a massive advantage.
Like on qualifications. We reported earlier this week that there has been no poll conducted by The Washington Post and our partners at ABC News that has seen Trump viewed as qualified by more than 41 percent of the electorate. Clinton's never been under 56 percent.
Let's set that aside for a second and consider a battery of other characteristics Quinnipiac asked about.
In most cases, views by partisans of their own candidate were about the same on either side. Not always.
On intelligence, Clinton has a 19-point advantage, thanks to a huge gap among Democrats. Among that group, 98 percent see Clinton as intelligent, about the same percentage of Republicans that view Trump that way. But 77 percent of Republicans see Clinton as intelligent, compared to 42 percent of Democrats who say that about Trump.
On being level-headed, there's a wide gap: Clinton is twice as likely to be described that way as is Trump. More on this below.
On experience, Clinton again has a huge advantage -- thanks to Democrats overwhelmingly viewing her as experienced, and Trump as not.
We set aside the question of honesty and qualifications as you may have noticed. That was so we could give them the special attention they deserve.
On the question of honesty, Clinton and Trump are seen as about evenly by members of their own party, but Trump has an overall advantage thanks to a big split among independents. Fewer than half of respondents view either candidate as honest (with only three-quarters of the members of their own parties describing them that way), but the 2-to-1 gap among independents tips the scales.
On the question of being qualified, Clinton has a wide lead thanks to those same independents -- along with Democrats and a third of Republicans.
Those are wide gaps! Honesty is the characteristic Trump is more widely viewed as possessing, and that's only by 8 percentage points. On every other factor considered by Quinnipiac, the candidates are tied or Clinton is viewed better. In only honesty does less than half of the electorate say the trait describes Clinton. In five of the eight, a minority says the characteristic applies to Trump.
What really makes the Quinnipiac poll interesting is that it breaks out why people think Clinton is dishonest and why they think Trump isn't qualified. They only asked that question of people who said that the honesty/unqualified issue meant that the candidate couldn't be president. That meant that it was mostly Republicans and independents who weighed in on Clinton and mostly Democrats and independents who weighed in on Trump.
For Clinton, the main reason for the lack of trust was how she responded to questions about her email server. Republicans were slightly more likely to cite her handling of the Benghazi attack than independents.
For Trump, the main reason people -- especially independents -- felt he was unqualified was his temperament. Interestingly, his past offensive comments scored lower, though that may have been subsumed into the temperament question.
Again, though, we're comparing the areas where each candidate does worse, one-to-one -- but Trump has many other areas in which he's not viewed positively. Clinton's honesty problem is bad, but it's not much worse than Trump's. Trump's problems are much broader.