Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReport: Democrats short million for convention Sanders blasts Trump: 'What are you afraid of?' Tech firm offers M for Trump-Sanders debate MORE is leading in the polls but losing at grammar, according to a new study.
The study, by the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, scored Trump’s grammar at a fifth-grade level. The rest of the candidates’ grammar was scored between sixth- and eighth-grade levels.
The study looked at nearly 40 speeches from the 2016 campaign cycle delivered by Trump, GOP rivals Ted CruzTed CruzMcConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Cruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion Trump takes victory lap over rivals' remarks MORE and Marco RubioMarco RubioFla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio The Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio: 'Maybe' would run for Senate seat if 'good friend' wasn't MORE, and Democratic candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFeds fight to prevent Clinton deposition in email case Trump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders DNC opening platform process to public input MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders blasts Trump: 'What are you afraid of?' Tech firm offers M for Trump-Sanders debate Trump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders MORE.
All candidates performed better when graded on their vocabulary skills.
Sanders scored highest in vocab, ranking at the 11th-grade level in the speech he made announcing his candidacy.
Trump and Clinton both scored at the eighth-grade level for vocab in the speeches announcing their candidacies. Cruz’s inaugural speech was at the ninth-grade level.
“This analysis shows the changes that candidates make in the level of their speech according to the type of speech. It also reflects each candidate’s combination of personal delivery style and their analysis of the level of the audience they want to address,” the study’s authors wrote.