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Voters don't believe Clinton, Trump promises QU Poll finds

By Quinnipiac University National poll

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American voters do not believe Republican Donald Trump will build a wall on the Mexican border or expel 11 million illegal immigrants, if he’s elected president, and voters don’t believe Democrat Hillary Clinton will even try to limit secret money in politics or reign in the power of Wall Street, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

Only 24 percent of voters believe Trump, if elected, would be able to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, while 39 percent say he will try and fail and 29 percent say he won’t even try, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Trump would be able to deport about 11 million illegal immigrants, 19 percent of voters say, while 45 percent say he will try and fail and 29 percent say he won’t try.

Trump gets his best score on his promise to ban non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S., but only 29 percent say he will succeed. Another 42 percent say he will try and fail and 21 percent say he won’t try.

Hillary Clinton would not even try to remove secret money from politics, 63 percent of voters say, while 9 percent say she would succeed and 18 percent say she would try and fail.

She also would not try to curb the power of Wall Street, 56 percent of voters say, as 15 percent say she would succeed and 21 percent say she would try and fail.

“No matter which candidate you pick, you can cut the cynicism with a knife,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Will Donald Trump build that border wall or toss 11 million illegal immigrants out of the country? Voters believe that as much as they believe Hillary Clinton will police Wall Street or stop the flow of outside money into the pockets of politicians.”“There are grand promises that stoke enthusiasm at rallies, and then there is reality.

Voters say Trump would try and likely fail, while Clinton would not even try,” Malloy added.

Clinton does better on one promise. If elected, Clinton would reduce the debt burden for students at public colleges and community colleges, 22 percent of American voters say, while 39 percent say she will try and fail and 32 percent say she won’t try.

Transgender Bathrooms

There is only a small gender gap as American voters say 56 – 36 percent that schools should not be required to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms onsistent with their own gender identity. Men oppose the requirement 63 – 30 percent, with women opposed 49 – 42 percent.

Voters 18 to 34 years old are divided as 45 percent support the transgender requirement, with 47 percent opposed.

The bathroom issue is “very important,” 41 percent of voters say, and 27 percent say it is “somewhat important.”

President Obama, Congress Approval

American voters approve 49 – 48 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, matching his 49 – 48 percent in a March 24 Quinnipiac University poll, his best score in three years.

Voters give the Democratic Party a slightly negative 44 – 48 percent favorability, the party’s best rating since November 12, 2008, and disapprove 63 – 31 percent of the job Democrats in Congress are doing.

The Republican Party gets a negative 34 – 56 percent favorability rating and voters disapprove 80 – 12 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, among their worst net approval ratings ever.

From May 24 – 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.
Visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling or www.facebook.com/quinnipiacpoll
Call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

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