Donald Trump’s Gallup poll found the Republican presidential frontrunner as the most unpopular candidate of either major U.S. political party when the entire American population is taken into account, according to US News and World Report.
The Gallup poll found that at “this point (two-week average through Jan. 27), 33% of Americans view Trump favorably and 60% unfavorably. It’s that 60% unfavorable figure that I can focus on here. Hillary Clinton currently has a 52% unfavorable rating among all Americans, while Jeb Bush is at 45%, Chris Christie 38%, Ted Cruz 37%, Marco Rubio 33%, Bernie Sanders 31% and Ben Carson 30%. Trump’s 60% is clearly well above all of these.”
The Donald Trump Gallop poll numbers also suggest that by putting “his favorable and unfavorable ratings together yields a net favorable of -27 for Trump, far above the -10 for Clinton and for Bush, the next lowest among the major candidates.” How did others do? Not so bad, but let’s talk about the 1992 favorability first.
Currently, Donald Trump has a higher unfavorability rating than any nominated candidate from either major political party since Gallup began tracking favorability in 1992.
“The bottom line is that Trump now has a higher unfavorable rating than any candidate at any time during all of these previous election cycles, and that conclusion takes into account the fact that unfavorable ratings tend to rise in the heat of a general election campaign as the barbs, negative ads and heightened partisanship are taken to their highest levels.”
Donald Trump’s Gallup poll numbers could spell trouble for White House hopeful in the general election, should he win the Republican nomination. Iowa will be the first state to vote for the Republican nominee on Monday.
The Gallup poll numbers are so bad that no candidate in the past 25 years has been viewed more unfavorably by Americans (Democrat, Republican and independent) than Donald Trump.
George H. W. Bush is the only one that really came close to Donald Trump, with his unfavorable ratings spiking just before he lost his reelection in 1992. On the most-popular end of the spectrum are Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson — both of whom are less well-known than Trump, meaning that fewer people have an opinion one way or the other.
Gallup also noted earlier this week that Ted Cruz’s favorability among Republicans had plunged this month, perhaps due to the increased scrutiny he’s been facing as the one-time Iowa front-runner. Again, the Gallop poll numbers are quite interesting for Donald Tump.
While Donald Trump’s Gallup poll numbers are quite interesting as a Republican front runner, there’s one small consolation for GOP voters to worry about. The third least popular candidate in Gallup’s numbers is the person currently leading the Democratic field, Hillary Clinton.