Voters were asked to relate “the first word that comes to mind” when they thought of Clinton, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.
The poll, released Thursday, found that 178 people thought of the word “liar” when thinking of Clinton, who has been dogged by a burgeoning investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. “Dishonest” was mentioned by 123 respondents and “untrustworthy” by 93 people. An additional 113 responses were spread among “crook,” “untruthful,” “criminal,” “deceitful,” “email,” “corrupt” and “crooked,” for a total of 507 responses questioning Clinton’s credibility.
Trump’s word list was topped by “arrogant” and “blowhard.” The word most associated with Jeb Bush was “Bush.”
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, offered an analysis of the numbers.
“Donald Trump soars; Ben Carson rises; Jeb Bush slips and some GOP hopefuls seem to disappear. Trump proves you don’t have to be loved by everyone, just by enough Republicans to lead the GOP pack,” he said.
“On the Democratic side, Secretary Hillary Clinton continues her slide while Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to narrow the gap,” Malloy added. “But the real news is the man who isn’t there – yet. Vice President Joseph Biden has the best appeal in general election matchups against top Republicans. Note to Biden: They like you, they really like you, or they like you more than the others.”
In terms of presidential matchups, the poll said that if Biden were the Democratic candidate, he would beat Trump by 48 percent to 40 percent, Bush by 45 percent to 39 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio, D-FL, 44 percent to 41 percent. Clinton would beat Trump by 45 percent to 41 percent. She would beat Bush by 42 percent to 40 percent. And she would top Rubio by 44 percent to 43 percent.
The poll interviewed 1,563 respondents over five days last week.
h/t: Hot Air
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