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Voters don’t seem to care about whether candidates tell the truth— and that may not be so bad


HELLO, MUDDER: Trump has a distinctive way of overcoming his high negatives among voters: He loudly and frequently smears all his opponents.

LESLIE RZEZNIK was excited to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary, hoping to see America elect its first female president. But this year, when her state’s primary came, the 54-year-old of Canton, Michigan, chose Clinton’s opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. A key reason among many for her: “I don’t feel like she’s the same candidate she was in 2008,” Rzeznik says. “I really don’t trust Hillary.”

I just don’t trust her. This has become a familiar refrain for Democratic voters this election cycle. Just 19 percent of respondents to an April NBC/Wall Street Journal poll described Hillary Clinton as “honest and trustworthy.” And Donald Trump? More than 70 percent of voters in an April AP/GFK poll said the word “honest” describes him only slightly or not at all.

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