Poll: Do Americans think any of the candidates would really make a good president?

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    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in American opinion.

    The Iowa caucuses are 10 days away. Do Americans think that any one of all the candidates for the White House would actually make a good president? The answer is — a qualified — “yes.”

    The percentage of Americans willing to call themselves “liberals” has been going up (although still below conservatives).

    About a third of Americans are following the election very closely with another third following somewhat closely. Americans under 50 are much less likely to be following the news of the election than older Americans, particularly those 65 and older.

    Regardless of who wins the parties’ nominations, this election will be remembered as the year that  Donald Trump upset almost all expert and pundit predictions by capturing the imagination of a segment of the voting population.

    But, asked what would be the best thing about a Trump presidency, many Americans could not answer.

    Asking what would be the worst thing about a Trump presidency elicited a larger response. Interestingly, most of the negatives revolve around what are perceived as the downsides of Trump’s outsized personality more than his issue positions.

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