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Voters Rate A Candidate's Policies More Important Than Character

Nearly half of voters still say their choice this presidential election will be the lesser of two evils, although Trump supporters feel that way more strongly than Clinton voters do. Fortunately for both major party candidates who have been beset with questions about their honesty and integrity, most voters put their policy positions ahead of their character.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 45% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the choice between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump a choice they are excited about, up slightly from 41% in March. But 48% still say they will be voting for the lesser of two evils, little changed from the 51% who felt that way in the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 16-17, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 16-17, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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