Trump More 'Mentally Sharp,' Biden 'Compassionate' and 'Honest': Poll

President Donald Trump has been rated more "mentally sharp" while Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is seen as more compassionate and honest, according to recent polling.

A survey from Pew Research Center polled 11,929 people, from September 30 to October 5, on how they felt about the pair on a range of different attributes.

More people saw Trump as mentally sharp, with 50 percent stating this described him as very or fairly well—while 46 percent said the same for Biden.

Trump was also rated higher in terms of being someone who "stands up for what he believes in"—with 69 percent stating that describes him very or fairly well compared to 61 percent for Biden.

Despite Trump's advantages here, Biden was rated higher in being compassionate, 67 percent to Trump's 34 percent and a good role model, 54 percent to Trump's 28 percent.

He was also rated higher in terms of being honest, 53 percent to Trump's 35 percent, and courageous, 54 percent to Trump's 48 percent.

As well as leading in several personal attributes, Biden was also rated more highly in terms of addressing several key issues for the country.

Trump has a one-point lead on the economy, with 52 percent very or somewhat confident he could make good decisions about economic policy, whereas 51 percent felt the same for Biden.

However, Biden lead on law enforcement and criminal justice, 49 percent to 45 percent, selecting Supreme Court nominees, 55 percent to 49 percent, and foreign policy decisions, 54 percent to 54.

Biden also held major leads on who people were confident could handle the public health impact of the coronavirus outbreak, 57 percent to 40 percent, and bringing the country closer together, 50 percent to 30 percent.

In terms of voting, Biden led by 10 points, with 52 percent intending to or leaning towards the Democrat, compared to 42 percent for Trump.

The split on personality traits comes with Trump having put issues such as law and order front and center of his campaign, while Biden has regularly criticized the president on this point and on handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Trump has also questioned Biden's cognitive ability at several points.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment on the polling.

Biden's polling advantage coincides with several other national surveys which have given him a double-digit lead.

According to FiveThirtyEight's poll tracker, he is up by 9.8 points in national polls on average. Real Clear Politics' tracker has him in the lead by a similar margin at 9.7 points.

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President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden take part in the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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