Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton are both battling record unfavourability ratings.
A recent Washington Post/ABC poll shows a majority of voters have an unfavourable impression of both candidates and they are likely to vote as much for whom they don’t like as by whom they do.
Reporting the finding , The Washington Post said, “Never in the history of the Post-ABC poll have the two major party nominees been viewed as harshly as Clinton and Trump.”
A remarkable 57% of voters had an unfavourable opinion of both candidates. Of them, 46% had strongly unfavourable opinions of Clinton, while 45% said the same about Trump.
The same poll, and one by The Wall Street Journal and NBC, show Clinton’s double-digit lead over Trump has not only evaporated but the real estate mogul has pulled ahead of her.
“BREAKING POLL: Trump Gains 11 Points on Clinton Since March=> Now Leads Crooked Hillary 46-44,” Trump retweeted a post from a supporter when the polls were announced.
But there has been no word from either campaign on the unfavourability numbers, which were cited by skeptics on both sides. “Two weak front-runners jostling each other. Perfect time for new independent candidate to come up along the rail,” said The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol in a tweet.
Kristol has been at the forefront of a movement among ‘Never Trump’ conservatives to find and field a third party candidate. He and others with him have not had any success yet.
Both Trump and Clinton face continuing lack of traction with large sections of their respective parties.
Trump has gotten past his doubters, practically clinching the nomination. But Clinton continues to battle them as they fund and support her rival Bernie Sanders, encouraging him to stay in the race and, to growing irritation of Clinton-backers, delay the inevitable.