New Poll Suggests Likely Presidential Nominees Will Be Unfavorable Among Voters

Election '16

In one of the more self-evident polls of late, well over half of a pool of 1,076 voters were said to hold unfavorable impressions of the country’s likely future Democratic and Republican nominees for president.

If there are still any lingering doubts that this election season has taken the express lane to crazy town, the results of the new poll conducted by AP-GfK last week will surely rectify that.

According to the numbers, 55 percent of Americans have a "somewhat" or "very" unfavorable impression of delegate darling and Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. By contrast, Trump’s dismal 69 percent makes Clinton appear relatively rosy; a classic case of comparing apples to oranges.

(The AP-GfK Poll’s sample was designed to be representative of the U.S. population, with an estimated margin of sampling error for all respondents at plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.)

Assuming Clinton nabs the nomination, almost half of registered voters say they will consider voting for her. Trump once again scored high points in this category, with 63 percent of voters giving him the definitive thumbs down. In the event that the revolution somehow does get televised, only 38 percent of voters said they would not vote for Sanders.

Unpacking voter sentiments further, half of all Americans believe Clinton is “not at all” honest. Clinton’s poll results generally reflect an impression of a candidate who lacks compassion and likability. But Clinton’s rather dismal approval numbers pale in comparison to Trump’s fine tally. Seven out of 10 voters describe Trump as only slightly honest or not at all honest, and over three quarters found him wanting in the compassion and likability departments.

Given the above, it’s fair to say come November the majority of Americans will begrudgingly head to the booths in a classic case of rooting for the lesser of two evils. Voters seem to have accepted such an eventuality, with 82 percent being under the impression that Clinton would win the general election.

This sentiment reflects the broader impression among Democrats that once nominated, Clinton’s character will matter less as voters of all varieties unite behind a candidate who hasn’t hosted her own reality show. If further evidence for such a belief is needed, within Trump’s own party, come election time 31 percent of Republicans said they would not vote for him.

"I think she flip-flops on a lot of her views, but I would vote for Hillary," Lara Robles, a Republican from Round Rock, Texas said in an interview with Business Insider. Robles added, “I just don't really like him [Trump] as a person. I think he doesn't have a filter on his mouth."

Along with Robles, around half of voters polled in Southern Republican-rich states said they would consider voting for Hillary Clinton, compared with 39 percent for Trump.

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