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How pathetic is this!? Clinton and Trump hated by most of the country, poll shows, yet they remain our presidential frontrunners

According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, both Clinton and Trump are viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters


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Michael Garofalo
April 11, 2016 8:21PM (UTC)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be the most likely candidates to earn their parties' presidential nominations, but that doesn't mean that voters are particularly fond of either frontrunner. Both Clinton and Trump are viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Just 26 percent of voters have a favorable impression of Donald Trump, compared with a whopping 69 percent who see him in a negative light, the highest unfavorability rating of any candidate in either party. Clinton fared slightly better than Trump in the poll, coming in at 40 percent favorable and 55 percent unfavorable, but the results are evidence of an electorate dissatisfied with its two most likely general election options.

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Despite voters' poor view of Clinton, one factor that could help the former secretary of state in November is the relative popularity of her Democratic Party. Though the Democratic Party sports a net negative rating of 48 percent favorable versus 50 percent unfavorable, Americans have a positively rosy view of Democrats when compared to Republican Party, which is viewed favorably by just 30 percent of voters and unfavorably by 67 percent.

The poll also asked respondents whether they would trust Clinton or Trump to handle 12 specific issues, including the economy, immigration, and health care. Clinton outscored Trump in every single category, though Trump trailed by less than 5 points on the economy, jobs, and handling the threat of ISIS. Notably, voters preferred Clinton to Trump, 33 percent to 28 percent, on Trump's signature topic: "making America great." Thirty percent of respondents trusted neither candidate to make America great.

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