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Zogby Poll: Trump Seen As Better than Clinton on Economy, Jobs, Taxes, and National Security

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The new Zogby Analytics Poll of 843 likely voters shows that Donald Trump is perceived by voters nationwide as better prepared to handle several major issues - among them the economy, the creation of jobs, taxes, and national security. The poll was conducted online January 19-20 and has a margin of sampling error of +/-3.4 percentage points.

Mr. Trump leads Mrs. Clinton on creating jobs by 16 points - 46% to 30% -- with 13% saying neither and 3% both. He leads on this issue among both men (55%-26%) and women (41%-33%), as well as among independents (46%-24%) and moderates (42%-36%). He even scores significant points among both Hispanics (37% to Mrs. Clinton's 45%) and African Americans (23% to 56%).

Overall, the same is true on the economy. Mr. Trump outscores Mrs. Clinton by 14 points - 46% to 32% -- with 12% saying neither and 4% both. Again he is ahead among men and women (52%-31%) and women (41%-34%). He simply wallops her among independents, 45% to 23% and leads by 7 points among moderates 41% to 34%. On the economy he is weak among Hispanics (only 4% think he is more fit than the former Secretary of State who scores 40%) and African Americans (11% to 73%).

The real estate developed is viewed as stronger on taxes (43%) than Mrs. Clinton (30%) - another issues he leads among men, women, independents and moderates.

While the former Cabinet member in charge of foreign policy is ahead on this issue by 7 points (40% to 32%), she trails him on national security by 10 points - 42% for Mrs. Clinton and 32% for Mr. Trump. Significantly, 14% of likely voters say neither candidate.

There are several issues on which the Democrat Clinton is seen as better equipped than the Republican Trump. While she holds a wide lead on the environment (40%-23%) it is significant that 24% of voters say neither candidate is better. As the former chief of foreign policy she has an 8 point lead on Mr. Trump on foreign policy, but it is only 8 points - 40% to 32% -- while 15% say neither. Democrats have a big issue on income inequality, especially in the form of Senator Bernie Sanders' popular campaign, but Mrs. Clinton only leads Mr. Trump by an 8 point margin here - 37% to 29%, with 18% saying neither candidate. She only is ahead on helping the middle class by 5 points -- 37%-32%, with 19% saying neither - and on the always important issue of "understanding people like you and me" she is tied with Mr. Trump 32% to his 31%. Over one in four (26%) say neither candidate. This is a bad omen for both Mr. Clinton and the Democratic Party because the perception of helping people like me has always been the party's ace in the hole.

If abortion becomes an issue, Mrs. Clinton can count on more support - 39% to Mr. Trump's 24% but 21% say neither. And she cannot really rely, at least thus far, on protecting Social Security/Medicare and health care, where she leads by only 4 points - both 37% to 33%.

Again, as a reminder, no one has voted yet and no one has yet won their party's nomination. There is still a long way to go. But for today, Mrs. Clinton has an uphill battle convincing general election voters that she is the right person for the job of President of the United States.

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