Donald Trump is viewed unfavorably by a record number of US voters, according to a brand new poll released on Wednesday morning.
As The Hill reports:
‘Fully 70 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday, a 10-point increase since last month. That marks his highest unfavorability since the launch of his presidential campaign, and nears Trump’s record unfavorability in the poll, 71 percent, which was logged in May 2015. Since then it’s hovered closer to 60 percent and had fallen toward the end of the GOP primary.’
Favorabilty ratings have been religiously documented this election cycle to have a high correlation with the general election viability of a particular candidate.
That’s why Bernie Sanders, who maintained positive favorability ratings throughout the entire primary season, was continuously documented to be poised to win the general election in a landslide should he make it there.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, saw her lead over Trump waver so much that, for a brief period, the Real Clear Politics average of national general election polling had Trump ahead by less than 1 percent.
The reason for this is simple. Voters don’t have the time or the interest in most cases to dig into every little propaganda point spewed out by a particular campaign as to why they should vote for a particular candidate. Political candidates get votes if voters like them.
That might not be best case scenario, but it’s true. The persons elected to public office serve as the figurehead of whatever constituency they have been made lord over, and people want to like the individuals in those roles.
On top of this, the low favorability also shows another quality of the American population: they don’t stand for propaganda designed to mask unfavorable qualities, to put it politely. Americans don’t want a racist as president.
Trump could have come up with great policy proposals (not that he did), but Americans care very little, if at all, about that. That is why Clinton has struggled to maintain her favorability at barely more than Trump’s. Sure, Clinton has grandiose policy proposals. She has served in government for decades. She has “experience.”
Do voters care about any of that? Nope. She is perceived as distant from popular concerns and a part of the establishment, which is why a plurality of Bernie Sanders supporters will likely not vote for her should she be on the ballot in November.
Still, voters hate Trump so much that they have been starting to grow on Clinton. At one point earlier in the primary season half of Clinton voters said they were supporting her predominantly because they didn’t want Trump to become President.
And, more solid numbers are on Clinton’s side as well. As The Hill reported on Tuesday:
‘Hillary Clinton’s lead over presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has widened to 7 points nationally, according to a tracking poll released early Tuesday. Clinton leads Trump, 49 percent to 42 percent, among registered voters in the NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll conducted last week.’