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What comes to mind when you hear Trump or Clinton? Civitas poll finds out

In its most recent poll, the Civitas Institute measured voters’ opinion on how the leading GOP candidates would each stack up against Hillary Clinton in the showdown for president.

Ben Carson scored the highest, pulling 50 percent to Clinton’s 40 percent. Marco Rubio scored 47 to Clinton’s 42 percent.

Each scoring 45 percent were Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina, while Donald Trump won 43 percent and Ted Cruz came in last with 42 percent.

In a bit of name-calling fun, pollsters also asked respondents what one word came to mind when they heard the name Donald Trump. Thirty-seven percent replied “narcissist,” “self-centered,” “arrogant,” “pompous,” “clown,” “joke,” “buffoon,” “ignorant,” “idiot” or “moron.”

It went downhill from there until 3 percent said a positive word that came up was “honest” or “truthful,” which tied with “hair.”

Clinton fared about the same.

Thirty-eight percent said she triggered the words “dishonest,” “untrustworthy,” “deceiving,” “liar,” or they just generally didn’t like her. Eight percent said they like her or the word “good” came to mind.

The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and was taken between Sept. 28 and 30 of 600 registered voters in North Carolina, with 30 percent contacted on their cell phones.