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Clinton has edge over Trump on range of issues

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 4:00 AMWASHINGTON, (AP):
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump
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In a stark warning for Donald Trump as he eyes a possible general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, Americans trust the Democratic front-runner more than the Republican businessman to handle a wide range of issues, from immigration to health care to nominating Supreme Court justices.

Even when asked which of the two candidates would be best at "making American great", the central promise of Trump's campaign, Americans are slightly more likely to side with Clinton, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

The survey does reveal some potential trouble spots for Clinton. Trump is nearly even with her on whom Americans trust to handle the economy, which voters consistently rank as one of the top issues facing the country. Clinton is trusted more on the economy by 38 percent of Americans, while 35 percent side with Trump.

And despite Americans' overall preference for Clinton on a host of issues, just 20 percent say she represents their own views very well on matters they care about, while 23 percent say somewhat well.

But as with most issues addressed in the AP-GfK poll, the numbers for Trump are even worse: Just 15 percent of Americans say he represents their views very well and 14 percent say somewhat well.