Ignore for the moment the CNN report of a supposedly closer presidential race and focus on the deeper numbers:
Quinnipiac found an alarming statistic: 61% of those surveyed say the 2016 election has increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the United States — compared to just 34% who say it has had no impact.
Of that 61%, 67% blame Trump and 16% blame Clinton.
The survey also found a majority of voters — 58% for Trump, and 53% for Clinton — said each would not be a good president.
“It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, in a memo accompanying the poll results. “This is where we are. Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched-earth campaign between two candidates they don’t like. And they don’t think either candidate would be a good president.”
The majority in a poll is not always right. They are this time.