AP-GfK poll shows people trust Clinton more on most issues
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WASHINGTON — Americans are more likely to trust Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump to handle a variety of issues facing the country, even when it comes to national security topics that have been a major focus of his campaign, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Trump is trusted slightly more than Clinton on just one key issue: job creation.
A closer look at the poll results:
According to the AP-GfK poll, American voters say they trust Clinton more than Trump by large margins to handle health care, 42
Clinton has slimmer edges on filling Supreme Court vacancies, 39
The Democratic nominee is also slightly more trusted to handle immigration, 42
The poll shows immigration issues are particularly important to Trump's supporters. They're far more likely than Clinton's supporters to call immigration a very or extremely important issue, 79
NO TRUMP EDGE ON SECURITY
Despite a focus on national security, Trump has no apparent edge over Clinton on the issue. Voters are closely split on which candidate would better handle protecting the country, with 40
Clinton has a big edge over Trump on who would do a better job handling the U.S. image abroad, 47
Trump's supporters are much more likely than Clinton's to consider the threat posed by the Islamic State group to be very or extremely important to them personally, 87
More generally, the two candidates' supporters are about equally likely to say the U.S. role in world affairs is very or extremely important, 71
JOB CREATION GOOD FOR TRUMP
Economic issues are a relative bright spot for Trump. He is narrowly
It's a good issue on which to have even a narrow advantage. Economic issues are rated as very or extremely important by 92
American voters aren't happy with the economic status quo, the poll shows. By a 55
Voters are also slightly more likely to trust Trump than Clinton on handling gun laws, 39
WHO'S A UNITER?
Americans are more likely to trust Clinton than Trump as the candidate who can unite the country, 35
Clinton is also seen as better able to handle working with Congress, 42
The AP-GfK Poll of 1,694 adults, including 1,476 registered voters, was conducted online Sept. 15-19, using a sample drawn from GfK's probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, and for registered voters is plus or minus 2.5 points.
Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't have access to the internet were provided access for free.
Poll results: http://ap-gfkpoll.com
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