AP Shock Poll: 56 Percent of Voters Fear a Trump Presidency
More than half of all Americans would be afraid of a Donald Trump presidency, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday. The poll showed dismal numbers for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump across the political spectrum, suggesting most Americans consider the 2016 presidential election a bad dream. Over 90 percent of likely voters said opposing the other candidate is a reason they chose to support their presidential pick.
"We as Americans should be embarrassed about Donald Trump," 66-year-old Oregon Republican Michael DeLuise told the AP. "We as Americans have always been able to look at the wacky leaders of other countries and say 'Phew, that's not us.' We couldn't if Trump wins. It's like putting P.T. Barnum in charge. And it's getting dangerous."
A full 56 percent of respondents said they would fear a Trump presidency, while 43 percent would be afraid of a Clinton term in the White House. Forty-eight percent said they would feel "angry" if the Republican became president, compared to 37 percent for Clinton.
Only 27 percent said they would be "excited" about the Republican entering the White House, and a paltry 23 percent said they would feel "proud." Clinton's numbers aren't much better however — only 30 percent said they would be "excited" for her, and 32 percent said they would feel "proud."
A huge portion of likely voters said they chose their preferred candidate based on their opposition to the other one.
Of Clinton, 36-year-old Wisconsin Republican Denise Pettitte said, "I think she's an extremely dishonest person and have extreme disdain for her and her husband. I think it would be wonderful to elect a woman, but a different woman." On the flip-side, 59-year-old Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Corbin said he planned to support Clinton only to stop Trump. "It's not really a vote for her as it's a vote against Trump."
The poll suggested these two angry voters are far from alone. Seventy-eight percent of likely voters listed "I oppose the other candidate" as a "major reason" in "deciding which candidate [they] plan to support this year." Thirteen percent said it was a "minor reason," and a paltry 8 percent said that a negative vote is "not a reason" influencing their decision in November.
This means that a full 91 percent of likely voters said they intend to vote against a candidate, whether or not they also actually support the other one, at least on the presidential level. Among Americans in general (including those who do not consider themselves "registered voters" or "likely voters"), the number is only 89 percent.
Views of both the candidates are negative. Only 40 percent had a favorable view of Clinton, compared with 54 percent who viewed her unfavorably. Trump's numbers were even worse, with 32 percent favorable and 63 percent unfavorable.
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