Will 2016 Election Turn Into an Unpopularity Contest?

Both parties’ presidential front-runners are growing increasingly unpopular, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, with Hillary Clinton showing an especially steep decline over the past month.

Among voters in both parties, 56% hold a negative view of Clinton and 32% hold a positive view. That 24-point gap is almost twice as wide as in a Journal/NBC poll last month, when 51% viewed her negatively and 38% positively, a 13-point gap. In other words, the more Americans get to see of Clinton the more they don’t want her.

Net negative ratings Trump & Hillary

Compared to frontrunners in previous presidential primary races, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable ratings (57 percent and 52 percent respectively) are the highest in CBS News/New York Times Polls going back to 1984, when CBS began asking this question.

If the two major parties nominated Clinton and Trump, the electorate would be divided three ways:

1. American voters who would refuse to vote for Trump.
2. American voters who would refuse to vote for Clinton.
3. American voters who would refuse to vote for either one of them!

And we could forget about the actual issues in the 2016 election, because the media would cover all the mud slinging and nothing else.

By contrast, Bernie Sanders has the highest favorability of any candidate. Bernie averages a +5.3 compared to Hillary’s -24.

More info:
Democrats March Toward Cliff
Unpopularity dogs Trump, Clinton, Cruz: Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton viewed unfavorably by majority – CBS/NYT poll
Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump: General Election Match-Up Polls & Favorability Ratings

Any Chance Trump and Hillary Can Still Get Popular, Despite Their Negatives?

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on April 19, 2016 - 9:35 pm

    People are all over the place blaming Bernie Sanders for Hillary’s unpopularity. Please stop it.

    I’m disappointed in New York. I thought they had a solid election system there. This is almost as bad as Arizona.

    Oh well, we got that out of the way. It’s on to victory for Sanders!

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on April 20, 2016 - 1:43 pm

      NY was a different kind of voter suppression. But when independents have to switch their registrations six months in advance to vote for Bernie, that results in voter suppression.

      • #3 by Larry Bergan on April 20, 2016 - 2:18 pm

        If anything has come out of this high primary turnout, that can be attributed to enthusiasm for Sanders and bad candidate choices, mostly on the Republican side, it’s an awareness that you have to know what your party is doing WAY ahead of time. I would think that a lot of people who registered as an Independent thought that meant they could vote in either major party. Woops!

        Some registrations have a box that says “unaffiliated”, which you probably wouldn’t think would leave you out of the primary.

        Also, in California, it seems a whole lot of people registered in the American Independent Party, partly because it simply said American Independent on the ballot. That party turns out to be a FAR right wing party started by George Wallace. Double Woops!

  2. #4 by Larry Bergan on April 20, 2016 - 2:24 pm

    There is so much deceit going on. There are links to a Huffington Post article telling of New York voting machines switching Sanders votes to Hillary votes. That has been happening all over the country ever since the machines came out, but New York doesn’t even use that kind of machine. The fake Huffington Post article looks like the real thing, but there’s a (.co) at the end of the address. There is a fake ABC News site that’s been around for months with the (.co) on the end also. I have to wonder why ABC hasn’t complained.

    Our poor country is drowning in lies. Bernie Sanders is the only way out and I’m afraid we may miss the boat. Maybe next life. 🙁

  3. #5 by Larry Bergan on April 22, 2016 - 1:32 am

    By the way Richard. I love the heading of this post, AND, Chuck Barris is still alive.

  4. #6 by Richard Warnick on April 29, 2016 - 12:53 pm

    Tom Tomorrow basically says the same thing…

    Tom Tomorrow

  5. #7 by Larry Bergan on April 29, 2016 - 4:35 pm

    I’ve heard the FBI is serious about indicting Hillary concerning the E-mails. Some say they have a 100 strong force working on it, and the results will be out shortly.

    That will be interesting to say the least.

  6. #8 by Richard Warnick on May 24, 2016 - 9:39 am

    Poll: 6 in 10 dislike or hate Trump and Clinton

    The two candidates likely to square off in November’s general election are both disliked or even hated by roughly six in 10 Americans, according to the results of the latest weekly NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll out Tuesday.

  7. #9 by Larry Bergan on May 24, 2016 - 12:36 pm

    I don’t know, but I think somebody’s running in this election that only VERY greedy people hate. We’re going to miss getting the ring, and the stupid carousel isn’t even moving. 🙁

  8. #10 by Richard Warnick on June 2, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Yves Smith on Politico writes about the possible “lesser evil” election this year:

    Why Some of the Smartest Progressives I Know Will Vote for Trump over Hillary

    Hillary is a known evil. Trump is unknown. They’d rather bet on the unknown, since it will also send a big message to Team Dem that they can no longer abuse progressives. I personally know women in the demographic that is viewed as being solidly behind Hillary—older, professional women who live in major cities—who regard Trump as an acceptable cost of getting rid of the Clintons.

  9. #11 by Larry Bergan on June 2, 2016 - 6:49 pm

    Bernie Sanders keeps talking about the $250.000 speeches Hillary gave to the banks, but that was just a tiny part of it. Just look at all the organizations she will have to bow to. I guess we’ll just have to trust her when she said she wasn’t really thinking of running for the white house when she gave these.

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