Poll: Trump Would Be Most Disliked Nominee Ever

His unfavorable rating hits 67%
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2016 8:36 AM CDT
Donald Trump leaves a campaign stop in Appleton, Wis.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – The Republican Party establishment can't be thrilled with this milestone: A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that Donald Trump has a 67% unfavorable rating, meaning that if he secures the nomination, he'd be "more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates," per the Post. Some 64% of independents, 75% of women, 80% of young adults, 85% of Hispanics, and almost half of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents have an unfavorable view of him. Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have an unfavorable rating of 51% and 52%, respectively, though Clinton carries a 46% favorable rating, compared to Cruz's 35% and Trump's 30%.

"In terms of any domestic personality that we have measured, we've never seen an individual with a higher negative," a Democratic pollster says of the phone survey of 1,000 from March 3-6. "Normally, when you're in a hole, the best advice is to stop digging. That doesn't appear to be his inclination," adds a GOP strategist, referring to Trump's recent comments on abortion and defense of his campaign manager. A post at NBC News, meanwhile, takes note of several surveys via Real Clear Politics that put Trump's unfavorable rating at 63%, on par with George W. Bush as he left office ahead of President Obama's huge win. The Fiscal Times, using that 63% benchmark, observes that even cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickleback are viewed more favorably. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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