AP-GfK Poll: Who Americans trust more to handle top issues

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 2:42 PM
AP-GfK Poll: Who Americans trust more to handle top issues

Americans trust Democrat Hillary Clinton more than Republican Donald Trump to handle many of the major issues facing the next president, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. On some of the issues Americans care about most, including handling the economy and domestic terrorism, Trump holds a narrow lead.

Some things to know about who Americans trust to handle top issues facing the country from the poll:

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WHERE CLINTON LEADS

Clinton, the former secretary of state, holds a 19 percentage point advantage on handling the U.S. image abroad, a 12 point advantage on handling health care, and a 10 point advantage on who's trusted more to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Americans also think she would be better at working with Congress, by a 20 point margin.

She has a slight advantage on handling international trade, 35 percent to 31 percent, but that's slightly narrowed since she had a 9 percentage point advantage in April.

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TRUMP ADVANTAGES

Trump's advantages are far narrower — but they come on issues that could pack a punch. He holds slight leads on handling the economy and creating jobs, by 4 percentage points each, and on handling the threat of domestic terrorism, by 5 points.

But those are among the issues Americans rate as most important for them, with 85 percent saying the economy is very or extremely important and 73 percent saying the same of the threat of domestic terrorism. Health care — where the poll shows Clinton holds the advantage — was listed as very or extremely important by 74 percent.

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FIGHTING TO A DRAW

People are closely divided over who would better handle immigration, protecting the country and gun laws.

They're also divided over who would do best at "making America great" — one of Trump's major campaign promises. About 3 in 10 say they trust Trump to do that, 3 in 10 say Clinton, and just over 3 in 10 say they trust neither one.

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HOW AMERICANS WOULD FARE

Americans are more likely to see people like themselves faring better with Clinton as president than Trump in the White House, 36 percent to 29 percent. Nearly one-quarter — 23 percent — think people like them wouldn't be better off under either candidate.

In general, Americans are far more likely to say women, LGBT people, Hispanics, Muslims and African-Americans would fare better under Clinton, while they think men and whites would fare better under Trump. They're also more likely to think people without college degrees and those who are unemployed would be better off under Clinton.

Americans are far more likely to say they trust Clinton than Trump to improve race relations, 45 percent to 17 percent.

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The AP-GfK Poll of 1,009 adults was conducted online July 7-11, 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 3.3 percentage 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.

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Poll results: http://ap-gfkpoll.com