The CNN headline (the Clinton News Network) boldly declares: "CNN/ORC poll: Clinton tops Trump on presidential traits" (This was also repeated in the Washington Post newsletter today).
That was the headline, but the poll excludes Bernie Sanders related to these attributes...
And the new CNN/ORC poll only interviewed 1,001 Americans (out of 310 million) which included 925 "registered" voters --> 601 on landline phones and 400 on cell phones. Younger people, who mostly favor Bernie Sanders, usually use cell phones. Mostly old lonely people with no one to talk to (who favor Hillary Clinton) answer their landline phones at home --- most of us just let the answering machine go on because we know it's probably an annoying robo-call.
Bernie Sanders is most favorable among ALL who were surveyed — but below shows the favorability among 323 Democrats and 155 Independents — even though there are far more people who describe themselves as Independent than there are Democrat or Republican.
Hillary Clinton 73% favorable 25% unfavorable
Bernie Sanders 71% favorable 22% unfavorable
Then the survey asks: "Regardless of who you support, and trying to be as objective as possible, who do you think will win the election in November if these are the candidates on the ballot -- Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?" Bernie Sanders wasn't even on the list.
Then the survey asks: "Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one applies more to Hillary Clinton or more to Donald Trump." Again, Bernie Sanders wasn't even on the list.
So when the CNN headlines says: "Clinton tops Trump 56-42 in a new CNN/ORC poll" -- they are deliberately misleading the American public and attempting to influence the election (as usual).
Another CNN/Poll shows Bernie kicking Hillary's @ss in almost every match up — but the media mostly reported this poll as Hillary leading Bernie nationally 51% to 44% — excluding all other results. Other polls, like a new one from Bloomberg, shows Bernie leading Hillary 49% to 48%. I don't see the cable news stations pounding that headline very often!