Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two US presidential candidates, are extraordinarily unpopular, according to a recently held opinion poll conducted jointly by the New York Times and CBS News. Nearly 64 per cent of registered voters answered “No” when asked if Clinton and Trump were honest and trustworthy. The election will be held on November 8.
After more than a year of campaigning, neither candidate has improved their overall image with voters – more than half continue to hold unfavorable opinions of Trump and Clinton. When compared to past nominees at a similar point in the election cycle, Trump and Clinton’s unfavorable ratings continue to be the highest in CBS News polling going back to 1984, when the question was first asked, reports the NYT.
The 2016 presidential campaign is viewed as the most negative in recent memory. Two-thirds of registered voters describe the current presidential campaign as more negative than previous ones, a whopping thirty-point increase from how voters assessed the 2012 campaign in October of that year, observes CBS.
The opinion poll also found that neither candidate is viewed by voters as sharing their values. Two-thirds of voters said Trump does not share their values, while 63 per cent felt similarly about Clinton.
When asked about Clinton’s handling of her emails while she was the Secretary of State, most voters felt Clinton did something wrong when she set up a personal email address and server for work including 45 percent who thought what she did was illegal.
Trump, on the other hand, has not yet released his tax returns, and most voters think he should. Fifty-nine percent think it is necessary for him to release his returns.
According to the opinion poll, 32 per cent said the economy and jobs were the most important issues while 29 per cent were concerned about national security and terrorism. Much further down on the list is health care (16 percent), while immigration is the top concern of just 8 percent of voters.
Donald Trump is viewed as more likely to do a better job on the economy (51 percent) by an eight-point margin, while Clinton has an edge on terrorism and national security, 49 – 45 percent. Clinton is seen as better able to handle immigration and foreign policy
Just 25 percent of Americans think illegal immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens – most think they are about as likely. Trump voters are more than three times as likely as Clinton voters to think illegal immigrants commit more crimes than U.S. citizens, though still less than half of all Trump voters say so.
Six in 10 voters think illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States and apply for U.S. citizenship, an idea opposed by the Trump campaign. Another 12 percent think they should be allowed to stay but not have a path to citizenship, while 22 percent think illegal immigrants should be required to leave the U.S. Even half of Trump voters think illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S., though just 38 percent think they should be allowed to apply for citizenship. Among Clinton voters, 81 percent think they should have a path to citizenship.
Barely 36 percent of voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting. But one disadvantage for Clinton is that enthusiasm among Republican voters has remained steady, while enthusiasm among Democrats has dropped. Among Democratic voters, the percentage that is at least somewhat enthusiastic has dropped from 77 percent in August to 64, while the percentage of Democrats who are very enthusiastic has dropped from 47 percent to 38 percent.
Trump supporters are more excited about voting than Clinton’s. Forty-five percent of Trump voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting, compared to 36 percent of Clinton backers who feel that way.
Trump now garners support from just under nine in ten Republican voters, as does Clinton among Democrats.
A look at the candidates’ demographic support shows that a gender gap remains: Trump has a double-digit lead over Clinton among men, while Clinton is ahead by a similar margin among women. Trump continues to struggle with African American voters, but has an advantage over Clinton among whites.
Whites without a college degree are strong supporters of Trump (58 percent back him), while Clinton leads Trump among white voters with a college degree.
Clinton is ahead of Trump among voters under 30 but she is not getting the level of support Barack Obama received in 2012. 48 percent of young voters are currently backing her, while Obama won 60 percent of the young vote in 2012. Only 29 percent of young voters are supporting Trump, but 21 percent say they’ll vote for someone else or won’t vote.