Whoever wins the November election will undoubtedly face great challenges, but according to a new poll, the next president won't enter the White House saddled with great expectations from the voters.
A Quinnipiac University National poll out Wednesday found that majorities of Americans believe neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will be a good president.
Fifty-eight percent of voters say that Trump would not be a good president, according to the poll, while only 35% say he would be. That compares to 53% who believe Clinton will not be a good president and 43% who say she will.
There is, of course, a sharp partisan divide when it comes to outlooks on the potential presidencies of both candidates, though more Republicans are pessimistic about their standard-bearer than are Democrats. When it comes to independents, however, the verdict is clear: 59% believe Trump will not be a good president, while 60% think the same of Clinton.
“Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don’t like," said Tim Malloy, the poll's assistant director, in a statement accompanying the poll. "And they don’t think either candidate would be a good president.”
As for the state of the race itself, Quinnipiac found that Clinton and Trump are neck and neck. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, was backed by 42% in the poll, while Trump received 40% support.
The Quinnipiac poll interviewed 1,610 registered voters from June 21 to June 27 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.4 percentage points.