Less than half — 45 percent — of Republican voters say they are satisfied with Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee, according to the latest results from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday.
Another 52 percent said they would have preferred someone else as the GOP standard bearer, while the levels of satisfaction are reversed among Democratic voters, 52 percent of which said they are satisfied with Hillary Clinton as their party’s nominee in November.
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The results break down ideological and educational lines.
Among conservative Republicans, 53 percent said they would have preferred a candidate other than Trump, while 45 percent of that group said they are fine with the Manhattan real-estate mogul as the nominee. Moderate Republicans split at 49 percent each, while 58 percent of Republicans who have a high-school education or less said they are satisfied. Sixty percent with a college degree said they would like someone else.
On the issues, a majority of voters said Trump would be better than Clinton at “changing business as usual in Washington” (53 percent to 23 percent). Trump also led on economic issues (47 percent to 37 percent), “standing up for America” (45 percent to 37 percent), terrorism and homeland security (44 percent to 39 percent), guns (43 percent to 35 percent), “being effective at getting things done” (42 percent to 39 percent) and “being honest and straighforward” (41 percent to 25 percent).
Clinton, meanwhile, led on “having the ability to handle a crisis” (48 percent to 34 percent), “having the ability to unite the country” (40 percent to 26 percent), “handling foreign policy” (54 percent to 30 percent) and “being a good commander in chief” (44 percent to 32 percent).
The poll was conducted June 19-23, surveying 1,000 registered voters by landlines and cellphones, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.