Pew: Most Voters Still Don’t Know Where Trump, Clinton Stand on Major Issues

By Lauretta Brown | September 26, 2016 | 11:30am EDT
Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

( – A Pew Research Center poll released Friday found that less than half of voters would say they know “a lot” about where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on important issues. 

Forty-eight percent said they knew “a lot” about where Clinton stands on important issues, and 41 percent said this about Trump.

Pew surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults, including 802 registered voters from Sept. 15-18, 2016.

Among registered voters, 48 percent said they knew “a lot” about where Clinton stands on “important issues facing the country,” while  32 percent said they knew “some,” and 18 percent knew “not much” or “nothing at all” about where Clinton stands on the issues.

Donald Trump’s stances were even less known among voters. Just 41 percent said they knew “a lot” about them, while 27 percent know “some,” and 30 percent said they knew little or nothing about his positions.

There is a partisan gap in knowledge of the two candidates’ stances.

Fifty-eight percent of voters who identified as Republican or Republican leaning said they knew a lot about Trump on the issues compared to just 30 percent of Democratic/Democratic leaning voters.

The gap narrows with knowledge of Clinton’s stances with 54 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans saying they know a lot about where Clinton stands on the issues.

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