Donald Trump may be the most popular candidate among likely Republican voters, but when you look at voters as a whole, the GOP frontrunner is also the most unpopular candidate, being viewed more unfavorably than any other candidate running for president from either party.
In a new Gallup poll, 60 percent of Americans said that they viewed Trump unfavorably while only 33 percent said they viewed him favorably. When taken together and looked at as a whole, this gives him a net favorability rating of -27 percent.
Among all Americans, Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable rating was at 52 percent. Jeb Bush came in with an unfavorable rating of 45 percent. Next in line is Chris Christie, with an unfavorable rating of 38 percent . Ted Cruz, who is seen as Trump’s strongest challenger, had an unfavorable rating of 37 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 33 percent and Bernie Sanders at 31 percent. Ben Carson was seen the least unfavorably, with an unfavorable rating of only 30 percent, presumably because his campaign is all be done and he is mostly an afterthought at this stage.
Frank Newport with Gallup said:
The bottom line is that Trump now has a higher unfavorable rating than any candidate at any time during all of these previous election cycles, and that conclusion takes into account the fact that unfavorable ratings tend to rise in the heat of a general election campaign as the barbs, negative ads and heightened partisanship are taken to their highest levels.”
Looking at all candidates from 1992 through the current election cycle, out of Democrats and Republicans, only George W. Bush ever had an unfavorable rating above 60 percent. During his final “lame-duck year in office,” after tanking the economy and starting multiple wars, his unpopularity reached its’ all time high with an unfavorable rating of 66 percent.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.