Friday, March 25, 2016
Trump Has Highest Negative Rating Of Any Candidate
This chart shows the results of a YouGov Poll -- done between March 10th and 12th of a random national sample of 2,000 adults, with a 2.9 point margin of error. It shows the unfavorable ratings of Donald Trump.
It shows that 61% of the public has an unfavorable opinion of Trump (and other polls put it even higher -- at 67% or 68%). And that negative opinion holds through all demographic groups except one -- Republicans (and 33% of them have a negative opinion of Trump).
According to The Washington Post, this is by far the highest negative opinion of any presidential candidate since 1984. The previous high was George H.W. Bush at 53% in 1992 (and he lost).
This makes it clear why so many Republicans are desperately trying to stop Trump's march to the nomination. They force a disaster for Republicans in November if Trump heads the ticket. Unfortunately, they don't have many options. The only real alternative is Ted Cruz, and his negatives are nearly as bad -- not to mention that Trump's true believers may boycott the party if the nomination is snatched away from him at the convention.
A few months ago, the Republicans were thrilled to have 17 candidates. They were sure a good candidate could emerge from the pack. But that didn't happen. Now they are left with the very unlikeable Donald Trump. This is what they get for pandering to the teabaggers. They thought they could control the teabaggers, but instead, they have lost their party to them. In other words, they created their own disaster.