On Tuesday, a new poll showed Bernie Sanders leading Donald Trump by two points nationally, 51 percent to 46 percent.
The poll from Quinnipiac University was conducted by phone and landline between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, and had a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
But the results don’t tell the whole story, as the poll didn’t include any questions about the presumptive Republican nominee’s temperament, personality, or foreign policy views.
“We know that Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America,” said Michael Bitzer, the poll’s director.
“The only question that matters is how the American people will respond to this candidacy.”
That’s a tough sell for Trump.
Trump has been one of the most polarizing presidential candidates in recent memory, and polls have consistently shown that Americans aren’t necessarily drawn to him by his temperament.
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 34 percent of voters would support a third-party candidate in 2020, and 56 percent would not vote for him.
In that poll, he also led in the percentage of respondents who would support him if he were to run for president in 2020.
Trump’s campaign has largely tried to make the case that Sanders is a more electable alternative to Trump.
That hasn’t helped Trump, however, as polls consistently show him losing the support of independents, women, and younger voters.
Trump hasn’t always been able to convince the voters who aren’t attracted to his candidacy to vote for Clinton.
A Quinnipac poll last month showed that 61 percent of Americans said they were unlikely to support Clinton in 2020 if Trump were to win the election.
A Gallup poll in March found that the majority of Americans (55 percent) had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, while the same percentage had a positive view of Clinton.
It’s unclear if Trump’s low numbers could be a product of voters not wanting to vote in the first place.
But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking Clinton, who he calls “Crooked Hillary” and has accused of using the email server scandal to gain access to classified information and steal emails from the Democratic National Committee.
“She has betrayed our veterans and our country,” Trump said in a speech on Tuesday.
“They have been betrayed by a crooked government.
They have been hacked.
They know it.”
A CNN/ORC poll last week found that Trump leads Clinton by 16 points among likely voters who say they are either “very enthusiastic” or “very likely” to vote.
The CNN/Orc poll had a 2.1 percentage point margin of sampling error.
It is important to note that these polls have been conducted prior to news that WikiLeaks released a trove of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that showed her using her personal email account to conduct government business.
The emails were published by the news organization’s website, WikiLeaks, and the Trump campaign claimed that Clinton used her private email account “to send and receive classified information.”
The Republican National Committee responded to the leak on Twitter, tweeting that the “Crook Hillary” is “a lying liar who is only trying to get a special interest out of the presidency.”
Clinton’s campaign also claimed that Trump is “trying to distract the American voters from their devastating choices for president.”
Clinton has not yet responded to Trump’s attacks on her and her campaign, and her team has not offered any evidence to back up the claim that he is trying to distract voters from his own campaign.