Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton leads the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump by 7-points in a new poll of middle-income voters in the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Clinton leads Trump, 46 to 39 percent, in a Purple Slice online poll of voters with annual family incomes between $30,000 and $75,000.
The poll shows that Rust Belt voters believe Clinton has a better temperament to be president, and would handle foreign policy better. Forty-nine percent of voters say she has “the right temperament” for the president, while only 22 percent of voters said the same of Trump.
Fifty-four percent of voters believe Clinton has “the skills needed” for conducting foreign policy, compared with Trump’s 22 percent.
Neither candidate is popular among Rust Belt voters. Sixty four percent of voters view Trump unfavorably, while 56 percent view Clinton unfavorably.
Forty five percent of voters say they would consider a third-party candidate if Clinton and Trump are their choices in November.
The survey of 803 respondents was conducted May 18-24 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.