Good News: Trump Would be Least Popular Major Party Candidate in Modern Age

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 at 8:05 am

Good news for Democrats, that is. This dude is radioactive and becomes more unstable by the day. His increasingly erratic behavior tells us he’s looking for an escape hatch but his cult members just won’t let go. His behavior the past couple of days signals a nervous breakdown is coming.

If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times.

Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Those findings, tallied from Washington Post-ABC News polling, fuel Trump’s overall 67 percent unfavorable rating — making Trump more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates.

Head-to-head matchups show Hillary Clinton, as well as her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, leading Trump, often by double digits. Even his two remaining fellow GOP contenders this week backed away from earlier promises to support the eventual nominee.

And with each passing day, Trump makes moves that add further uncertainty to his ability to pivot to the general election. His defiant defense this week of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery for yanking a female reporter, as well as his remarks Wednesday that women who get abortions should be punished, might play well with his followers — but could further alienate the broader electorate.

“Normally, when you’re in a hole, the best advice is to stop digging. That doesn’t appear to be his inclination,” GOP strategist David Carney said. “It’s like taking a wagon full of nitroglycerine across the prairie. It’s great if you get to the mountains and blow them up for gold. But it’s pretty unpredictable.”

Peter Hart, a veteran Democratic pollster who has studied public impressions of Trump, said voters’ views of him are “exceptionally rancid.”

Things couldn’t be working out better for Granny Clinton, who’ll be interviewed by the FBI head very soon. Normally that would doom any candidate, but this year is anything but normal.


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