NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.
Third-party Presidential candidates; Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, and the Green party’s Jill Stein both suffer from a lack of name recognition, although Johnson receives a not-insignificant percentage of the projected vote in various trial heat polls – something very relevant to this fall’s debates.
Meanwhile, the images of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are almost exactly where they were before the conventions, in early July.
Clinton maintains a modest edge over Trump in terms of her image, but both are still very unpopular. The potential first daughters are both pretty popular, and despite Chelsea Clinton’s having been in the national eye much longer than Ivanka Trump, their images are quite similar to one another.
New data show that economic concerns remain the public’s most important and pressing concern, followed by government dysfunction and then a number of other issues including terrorism/national security, problems with elections and the election process, immigration, and race relations.