A Quinnipiac University poll put out Wednesday shows both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders lead Donald Trump among voters nationwide.
The poll also found sharp divisions between men and woman on who they want to be president.
Clinton has a 45 – 41 percent lead over Republican Donald Trump in the race for president.
When third party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton gets 40 percent with Trump at 38 percent, too close to call, the poll found. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson gets 5 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 3 percent.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, leads Trump among all American voters 48 – 39 percent, but trails Clinton among Democrats 53 – 39 percent.
In a Clinton-Trump matchup, men go Republican 51 – 35 percent, while women go Democratic 54 – 30 percent. Republicans back Trump 86 – 4 percent and Democrats back Clinton 90 – 6 percent. Independent voters are divided, with 40 percent for Trump and 37 percent for Clinton.
“This is a very tight race that will divide Democrats and Republicans, the young and the old, white, black and Hispanic voters – and husbands and wives – in the months ahead,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a release announcing the results.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders can take solace in the fact that he leads Donald Trump, but the cold hard truth is that his own party favors Hillary Clinton by a whopping 13 points.
“American voters don’t like either one of the front-runners. The question could be who we dislike the least.”
American voters give Clinton a 57 percent “very unfavorable” or “strongly unfavorable” rating, with 37 percent “strongly favorable” or “somewhat favorable.”
Trump gets a 59 percent “somewhat unfavorable” or “strongly unfavorable” rating, with 34 percent “strongly favorable” or “somewhat favorable.”
Former President Bill Clinton does better than his candidate wife, as 48 percent of voters feel “somewhat” or “strongly favorable,” while 46 percent feel “somewhat” or “strongly unfavorable. Melania Trump gets a split verdict, with 23 percent “somewhat” or “strongly favorable,” 20 percent “somewhat” or “strongly unfavorable” and 53 percent who haven’t heard enough to form an opinion of her.
American voters say 56 – 35 percent that Clinton is better prepared to be president than Trump; 51 – 37 percent that she is more intelligent and 47 – 36 percent that she has higher moral standards. But voters say 44 – 39 percent that Trump is more honest and trustworthy; 49 – 45 percent that he is a stronger leader and 48 – 39 percent that he is more inspiring.
Voters say 47 – 39 percent that they would rather invite Trump to a backyard barbecue, but 47 – 41 percent that they would turn to Clinton during a personal crisis.
Who would do a better job?
Looking at who would best handle important issues, American voters say:
52 – 41 percent that Trump would be better creating jobs;
51 – 43 percent that Clinton would be better handling immigration;
49 – 41 percent that Trump would be more effective handling ISIS;
53 – 40 percent that Clinton would better respond to an international crisis;
46 percent would trust Clinton more on sending U.S. troops overseas, while 44 percent would trust Trump more;
55 – 33 percent would trust Clinton more to make the right decisions regarding nuclear weapons;
48 – 45 percent that Clinton would do a better job getting things done in Washington.
“Trump may be the guy voters want flipping burgers in the backyard and flipping companies in the board room, but when it comes to making deals in DC and stepping up to confront an international crisis, voters want Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office,” Malloy said.