Poll: Presidential qualities seen lacking among leading contenders

Fewer than half of Americans agree that President Donald Trump or any of the current top three Democratic presidential contenders have the personality and leadership qualities that a president should possess. Of the four politicians, Joe Biden (49%) and Bernie Sanders (44%) hold an edge over Elizabeth Warren (39%) and Trump (38%) when it comes to possessing presidential personality and leadership traits.

These findings mark a departure from comparable past data when candidates’ personalities and leadership qualities were largely viewed in a more positive light. For example, when Gallup asked the same question of six leading presidential contenders in November 2007, majorities of Americans thought that four of them — Hillary Clinton (60%), Rudy Giuliani (59%), Barack Obama (56%) and John Edwards (51%) — had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.

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