New ABC Poll: Trump Weaknesses and Post-Convention Info

The new ABC News/Washington Post poll has some interesting data, including an extensive comparison of pre- and post-convention numbers across an array of variables.

Of the things that struck was the following paragraph:

Trump’s ratings in general haven’t worsened — they just haven’t improved since he claimed the Republican nomination. And the trouble list is long: Seventy-nine percent of Americans say he doesn’t show enough respect for people he disagrees with, 70 percent express anxiety about a Trump presidency, 67 percent think he lacks the personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively, 64 percent doubt his understanding of world affairs, 63 percent see him unfavorably overall, 62 percent say he’s not honest and trustworthy, 61 percent think he’s unqualified for office and 60 percent think he’s biased against women and minorities.

Emphasis mine.  Those are pretty stunning numbers, and I cannot imagine that the events of this past week will help in the least (some of which would have been captured during this poll, but much would not).

I was also struck by the following graph:

On the one hand, HRC has a clear problem with perceptions of her trustworthiness.  On the other, Trump’s problems make that issue, perhaps her greatest weakness, look like a small issue by comparison (especially when one references back to the paragraph quoted above, not to mention other findings in the poll).

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Comments

  1. michael reynolds says:

    Trump shows some weakness in these numbers.

    (Attempting to equal your earlier droll understatement.)

  2. Gustopher says:

    Untrustworthy is a very, very damning attribute — a lot of people will short circuit their decision with “who do I trust more?”

    So, Clinton’s 38% trustworthy rating is bad. Almost as bad as Trump’s 34%.

  3. Gustopher says:

    Looking at the numbers for Trump:
    34% think he’s trustworthy
    31% think he’s has the right temperament
    33% think he understands international affairs

    His supporters will make the argument that 98% find him trustworthy, with the right temperament and an understanding of international affairs.

  4. @Gustopher: And 98% equals landslide! Hence, everything is rigged. So rigged. OK?

  5. Andrew says:

    Shorter Trump supporters : “We can’t see the forest for the trees. SQUIRREL! “

  6. Lit3Bolt says:

    Putin needs to find some new poodles.

  7. Kirk says:

    The insane Don the Con is finally getting a true taste of what the general election is all about. No more does the polls reflect a majority of the trailor trash racist consensus as they did in the primary. You are in the big leagues now Drumpf so stop whining you little man child. No one in their right mind wants to vote in a communist leaning, itchy nuclear finger, no foreign policy knowing, insane moron racist as the 45th president of the U.S.A.

  8. Kirk says:

    The insane Don the Con is finally getting a true taste of what the general election is all about. No more does the polls reflect a majority of the trailor trash racist consensus as they did in the primary. You are in the big leagues now Drumpf so stop whining you little man child. No one in their right mind wants to vote in a communist leaning, itchy nuclear finger, no foreign policy knowing, insane moron racist as the 45th president of the U.S.A. Hillary4Prez!!!!!!

  9. Tyrell says:

    I do not go by a lot of these polls, especially the ones done by the news media. These days I pay precious little to the mainline news networks, with their slanted propaganda designed to tell people to vote a certain way. This whole thing has been orchestrated from the word go. I do not let some “news” commentator tell me what to think and believe.