Is it too late to dump both Clinton and Trump?
The vast majority of Americans are scared of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump becoming president, according to a new poll.
Faced with the presidential Hobson’s choice of sorts, 81 percent of Americans say they would feel afraid after the election of one of the two polarizing politicians, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll.
That includes a quarter who say it doesn’t matter who wins: they’re terrified of both.
Three-quarters of voters say their selection would be motivated more by a desire to keep either Trump or Clinton out of the Oval Office — more than those who say they’re voting for the candidate who shares their positions on the issues or is the most qualified to hold the office.
“If Hillary Clinton won, I’d probably consider suicide. I’m definitely not a fan,” Dennis Fernandez, 67, of Florence, Arizona, told the AP.
Lawrence James, 55, of Durham, North Carolina, said: “If Trump wins, well, we’ve already checked out Malta and New Zealand. I’m just not comfortable that he’s not going to make rushed, uninformed decisions.”
With the national conventions around the corner, the AP-GfK findings underscore the acute sense of foreboding spreading across the political divide as 14 percent of Americans say they’re backing a candidate they don’t like.
Fifty-seven percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton, compared to 37 percent who have a favorable view. Sixty-three percent have a negative view of Trump, compared to the 31 percent who like him.
“I really don’t love either of the candidates. What do they say? It’s a choice between hot and hell,” said Annette Scott, 70, of Monmouth County, New Jersey.
A formerly proud nation of 330 million people and this is the best we can do?