While 57 percent of registered voters view Clinton as being qualified to serve as president, just 43 percent say the same of Trump.
But 1 in 5 registered voters view Trump and Clinton on equal terms when it comes to whether they are qualified to serve as president — either because both are qualified, or because neither is — and among this group, Trump leads Clinton by 35 points, 48 percent to just 13 percent.
Among this group, in fact, Libertarian Gary Johnson actually has a statistically insignificant edge on Clinton. He takes 16 percent of these voters.
Trump's 35-point margin among this group is substantially larger than it was just two weeks ago. Back then, Trump led Clinton by 16 points among this group, 34 to 18. Johnson was at 27 percent.
We see a similar edge for Trump when it comes to voters who see no difference between the two on whether they are "appealing to people's prejudices against groups that are different from their own."
While 57 percent of registered voters say this applies to Trump, 45 percent say it applies to Clinton. Again, worse for Trump.
But when you focus on the 29 percent who say either both or neither of them is appealing to prejudices, Trump again leads — by 15 points, 42 to 27, with Johnson at 12 percent.
On both of these key measurements, Clinton has more voters who think she is on the positive side. While 44 percent say Clinton alone is qualified, just 32 percent say only Trump is qualified. And although 36 percent say only Trump is appealing to prejudices, just 24 percent say only Clinton is appealing to prejudices. But among the many who see no big distinction between the two, Trump is leading by large margins.
What could be at work here? Partisanship would clearly seem to play a role. It's very likely that Republican-leaning voters who say Trump is unqualified and/or appealing to prejudices merely don't care enough not to vote for him.
And many GOP-leaning voters do have these reservations about Trump. Fully 37 percent of Republican-leaning adults say Trump appeals to people's prejudices, in fact. But it's also worth noting that 26 percent of Democratic-leaning voters think Clinton is appealing to voters' prejudices. So it's not like people who view both on the same terms here are only GOP voters.
Similarly, fairly small percentages of both Democratic-leaners (14 percent) and Republican-leaners (26 percent) say Clinton and Trump, respectively, aren't qualified to be president. So again, people who say neither are qualified to be president don't constitute an overwhelmingly Republican-friendly group — even as it's clear that more potential Trump voters are in the mix.
But the fact that he has increased his margin among those who think neither or both Trump and Clinton are qualified -- and that Trump isn't losing more of these voters to Johnson — suggests his disadvantage on this key issue isn't hurting him as much as you'd expect.