Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for two thousand sixteen Winner

83
Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 3:33 AM

Nearly seven-in-10 registered voters declare they couldn't look themselves supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump; sixty-one % declare they couldn't back fellow Republican Ted Cruz; and fifty-eight % couldn't look themselves voting for Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton.

Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for two thousand sixteen Winner

As the American public views the two thousand sixteen presidential campaign, it'south seeing many more flaws than strengths, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Str Journal poll.

Nearly seven-in-10 registered voters declare they couldn't look themselves supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump; sixty-one % declare they couldn't back fellow Republican Ted Cruz; and fifty-eight % couldn't look themselves voting for Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton.

Apr eighteen two thousand sixteen, 5:16 pm ET

What'south more, sixty-five % of all voters have a negative view of Trump - making him the most unpopular major presidential candidate in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. Fifty-six % have an unfavorable view of Clinton, which is up five points from latest month. And nearly half of voters view Cruz in a negative light.

To top it off, just nineteen % of all respondents give Clinton high marks for being honest and trustworthy, while only twelve % give Trump high scores for having the right temperament.

"The Republicans have a party problem, and the Democrats have a candidate problem," says Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his firm Public Opinion Strategies.

Apr eighteen two thousand sixteen, 5:17 pm ET

Adds Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, "At some point, when the confetti is on the floor and the lights are turned out, the winner needs to govern. And the outlook for the following president, whoever he or she'll turn out to be, looks grim."

According to the poll, Clinton leads Trump by eleven points in hypothetical general-election matchup, fifty % to thirty-nine percent - essentially unchanged from a mo ago.

But Clinton is ahead of Cruz by just two points, forty-six % to forty-four percent, which again is unchanged from March.

Yet Bernie Sanders - whose positive rating outweighs his negative score in the poll - bests Cruz by twelve points, fifty-two % to forty percent.

And John Kasich, who trails Trump and Cruz in the GOP delegate race but holds the highest positive-negative score in the poll, beats Clinton by twelve points, fifty-one % to thirty-nine percent.

One reason for the rising negative numbers for both Trump and Clinton are their intraparty bruises as the primary races become more competitive.

Forty-one % of Sanders' voters have a negative opinion of Clinton, versus forty % who have a positive view of her.

Republicans backing Trump'south rivals are even harsher about the GOP frontrunner: fifty-six % of Cruz'south voters and seventy-one % of Kasich'south have a negative view of Trump.

"As primaries go deeper, the opposition [becomes] more negative," says McInturff, the GOP pollster.

Overall, however, seventy-three % of Democratic voters declare they'd be satisfied if Clinton becomes the party'south presidential nominee (though just forty-seven % of Sanders backers declare that).

That'south compared with sixty-three % of Republican voters who'd be satisfied if Trump becomes the GOP'south nominee, and sixty-six % who'd be satisfied if Cruz is the Republican winner.

In March two thousand twelve, seventy-two % of Republicans said they'd be satisfied if Mitt Romney became their party'south nominee.

In this sea of negative sentiments about the two thousand sixteen candidates, one major politician has benefited: President Barack Obama.

His overall job-approval rating stands at forty-ninth percent, which is unchanged from latest month. But fifty % presently approve of his handling of the economy - the highest percentage on this question since his first months in office in Sept. two thousand nine.

That said, just forty-one % approve of Obama'south handling of foreign policy.

"The president seems to be the beneficiary of the behavior of the candidates," says Yang, the Democratic pollster.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 10-14 among 1.000 registered voters (including more than half reached by cell phone), which has an overall edge of mistake of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

READ ALSO
The Lid: Voters Just Not That Into two thousand sixteen Field

The Lid: Voters Just Not That Into two thousand sixteen Field

It strikes us as a curious choice given Ryan'south longtime problems winning in New York. Obtain The Lid straight to your inbox each afternoon -- click here to sign up.

83
Panama Takes Reservations for Transit Through Expanded Canal

Panama Takes Reservations for Transit Through Expanded Canal

The Panama Canal Authority says it processed twenty-five slots in the first hours since reservations opened. Four per day are reserved for super-large "New Panamax" vessels, as are the usual twenty-five a day for "Panamax" ships that pass through the elderly...

67
Brazil President Says She Won't Quit After Impeachment Vote

Brazil President Says She Won't Quit After Impeachment Vote

She again categorically ruled out resigning. In her first public appearance since the Chamber of Deputies voted 367-137 late Sun to send the impeachment proceedings to the Senate for a possible trial, Brazil'south first female president appeared shaken...

50