Gee, why is it that voters dislike both Trump and Clinton?

Clinton and Trump

Another day, another poll showing voters don’t actually like either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. From NBC News:

“This week’s (NBC News|SurveyMonkey Election Tracking Poll) probed how American voters feel about both Trump and Clinton. A majority of voters expressed negative feelings about both leading candidates. Traditionally a fair number of partisans on either side of the aisle express negative opinions about the other party’s candidate, but the latest poll found that a majority of voters express negative feelings about both leading candidates.

“Nearly six in 10 Americans said they either ‘dislike’ or ‘hate’ Clinton, while slightly more — 63 percent — expressed negative opinions about Trump. Four in 10 voters said they ‘admire’ or ‘like’ Clinton, and 36 percent said they ‘admire’ or ‘like’ Trump.”

This is in line with the results from other polls, including the AJC’s recent poll of Georgians, which showed Clinton is seen negatively by 62 percent of Georgia voters with Trump’s number only slightly lower at 59 percent.

I could enumerate many reasons for the double disdain on display here, but instead I think I’ll share a story from the Daily Beast that perfectly captures it:

“It seemed like an outpouring of veteran anger against Donald Trump: over a dozen former service members protesting outside Trump Tower.

“But the reality was more complicated. The protest was actually a coordinated effort, led in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to embarrass her Republican rival for his failed efforts to raise money for veterans. It only looked like a grassroots demonstration.

“A spokesman for the demonstrators insisted they had no affiliation with any campaign. Later he said the protesters had reached out to the Clinton campaign for press contacts, but that’s all. Then the activist finally admitted that, yes, the Clinton campaign had helped organize the protest.

“It all started over the weekend, after The Washington Post broke the news that Trump had not raised the $6 million for veterans groups he promised earlier this year. (His campaign manager acknowledged the figure was less but has given conflicting accounts on how much less.) The Trump campaign’s admission followed months of silence to reporter questions on where the money had gone, since millions had been unaccounted for.

“The Clinton campaign swiftly organized a conference call for Saturday, led by the Clinton campaign’s veterans and military families outreach director, Jonathan Murray. According to one of the people on that call, participants were told that the Clinton campaign should not be seen viewed as behind the organizer of the protest.” (links original)

So, to recap: Trump’s campaign tried to boost his political fortunes on the backs of veterans with a fund raiser, exaggerated how much they had raised, and still won’t say definitively what the total was; Clinton’s campaign, in turn, “astroturfed” a protest about the sketchy fund raiser, and then tried to obscure its role.

Trump uses vets and lies about it, while Clinton … well … uses vets and lies about it.

Yeah, I think I can see why majorities of voters say they don’t like either one.

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79 comments
Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

Trump has an army of supporters from every race. He will win by a landslide. Trust no media. They are failing to manipulate the Trump army.

Julie Yael Sender
Julie Yael Sender

Simple answer ..Hilary is a crooked liar and even though a business man might be what we needs trump flips flops everywhere ...depending on who he's speaking to ..still hasn't won my trust yet.

John Fair
John Fair

Obama was elected based solely in race... And he has proven to be an atrocious leader... Dear lord don't let our next leader be elected on such a shallow reason... Sex

Andre Webb
Andre Webb

On what race he's White and Black or did you forget that?

William Hardin
William Hardin

One's a straight up liar and crook with the personality of a scrub who enables her womanizing sexually assaulting husband to never be accountable for his actions, the other is a loud mouth abrasive non-politically correct bull in a China shop loose cannon. Neither anybody worthy of voting for.

Betsy Hurt
Betsy Hurt

DONALD TRUMP HAS A NICK NAME FOR EVERY ONE, SO HOW DO LIKE YOUR'S DUMB,DONALD

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Because collectively some voters are screwed either way. But instead of lumping all voters together AJC, voting for a candidate who believes hard work deserves reward instead of bilking for more money might be the better choice.

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Because the media has spent decades trying to tear down Clinton, and despite their attempts to build up Trump, his unlikeableness comes through.

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Wow Tommy, your insight is as opaque as your support for a dangerous and pathological liar is clear.

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

You got it backwards, I don't support Trump.

Stephen Weigand
Stephen Weigand

Here's the thing Trump might have a lot of people who hate him, but he also has a lot of people who love him. As apposed to Hillary who has a lot of people who despise her, and that's it

Buck Monterey
Buck Monterey

There are certainly people who vote for any number of reasons, gender, race, ect....its idiotic to generalize

Chester Plunkett
Chester Plunkett

The only way Clinton will win if people vote for her because of her gender. Obama won because his skin color and nothing else.How about we vote for people based on their qualifications.

David L Cain
David L Cain

Trump has proved one thing for sure. just by the number of votes he has. who would have thought that many ignorant people out there.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

The same could be said about obama voters David.

Thomas Beane
Thomas Beane

That's just idiotic. People are not just voting for her because she is a female nor did people just vote for Obama because of his skin color. Trying to convince the world that the majority of Americans voted for Obama twice because of his skin color is a fool's journey. His skin color might be why you didn't vote for him, but don't speak for the others. I would have voted anybody against Sarah Palin.

Nik Junior
Nik Junior

Can I have the 3 minutes of my life I wasted reading that back please?

Laura Evans Majors
Laura Evans Majors

Unless someone was holding a gun to your head, making you read it, no.

Nik Junior
Nik Junior

Wow, thanks for clearing that up! You're so smart.

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

Trump will be the next president.

Paul Mears
Paul Mears

Curtis I didnt realise the AJC took your opinion so seriously?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Donald Trump, imho, reflects the epitome of the "Ugly American" - an expression used, outside of the U. S. in my youth, to describe those particular Americans without sensitivity but full of boorishness who traveled abroad.


Is Trump really the person we want to represent our nation in this world?  I believe his irrational thinking and his self-centered persona is dangerous both to our financial security as well as to our physical safety. 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

State Department:  Hillary violated email rules.

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Huh.  How about that.  She said she followed all the rules.

Another lie.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

What is to like about either one? 


Is America better off than in 2008? For me, it boils down to are you satisfied with the status quo, inept foreign policy, long airport lines, long lines at the VA, no jobs for college graduates, inefficient government, mandated poorly structured health care, huge social service costs caused by illegals,  if so vote for the Obama third term, slimy crooked Hillary.


Or take a chance and vote for slimy, inexperienced, rash Trump, who at least is frugal and efficient.  He claims to have an "America First" agenda, which you would think all Presidential candidates would have, but apparently they don't.  Our government putting America's interest first would be refreshing, instead of this proggie undercurrent of moving toward a world government, without borders.  Trump is so much a wildcard, there is no assurance what his policies will be, but it is time to change the bath water in America.  We know the glide path toward mediocrity that we are on, so in a binary election, we don't have but two choices to try to change that path.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Kyle isn't going to vote for Hillary so AJC readers get to wade through 6 more months of Kyle rationalizing his inevitable vote for Trump.


This may be on par with reading Swann's Way as Swann wrestles with the anguish of unrequited love. Or maybe this will be on par with reading Crime and Punishment as Raskolnikov wrestles with feelings of guilt.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Finn-McCool Nope, just 6 (5, really) more months of my explaining to people that they aren't obligated to vote for either one of them.

MarkVV
MarkVV

A comparison of the “negatives” of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton obscures an important difference. Trumps’ negatives are mostly of his own making during the relatively short time of his nomination campaign. Clinton’s negatives are mostly the result of decades long vilification by the Republicans. This is then boosted by the irrational preference of many voters for someone “outside of the establishment,” as if being ignorant of the working of our government was a recipe for a better performance by the Chief Executive.

Hillary Clinton is not a flawless candidate (sorry, MaryElizabethSings), but her election would guarantee a capable leadership of the country in the right direction. Voting for Trump because of Clinton’s “negatives” will be voting for an irresponsible gamble with the country’s future.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MarkVV


Mark, I never thought, or stated, that Hillary Clinton was a "flawless candidate."  I try to think in complexities, not in cliches.  I am pointing out her positives, not her negatives, because I know the dire consequences for our nation and our future if she is not elected.


Perspective, please.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@MarkVV Hmmmm--Vote for a guaranteed loser (Hillary) or take a chance with Trump??  I'm in a gambling mood lately, so I'll take my chances on Trump.  At least it will be nice to hear some pro-American speech for a change.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV "capable leadership" is obviously in the eye of the beholder.  Don't think Amb Chris Stevens would use the word, "capable" if he were able.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV What you think about what Amb Chris Stevens would say is worthless.

Where do you get the chutzpah to speak for other people?

Silly Bloggers
Silly Bloggers

And yet, we (those who find disgust in both candidates) are essentially homeless when it comes to politics and representation. Hillary and Trump each exemplify the issues with both parties and when there is no middle ground to agree upon. Somehow, i've been associated negatively by both parties as I've been called a Republiklan, Libturd, etc.

In today's age, if you are against religious liberty bills but argue against the absurdity of a $15 minimum wage, you are an outcast. If you support Planned Parenthood but take issue with welfare, you are again an outcast. So many people support and defend every platform of their party irregardless of the subject manner. At what point did we trade in our ability to think freely in exchange for adopting the opinions that align with our most extreme views of the Democratic and Republican parties? So many comments here and everywhere nationally are simply a regurgitation of what someone else has told them to think. God forbid you take the opposite side and attempt to explain yourself.

We cater and fight for the squeaky wheels. We have national discussions that revolve around the agendas of Evangelicals, BLM and the LGBT. We focus our time and resources on Obama's birth certificate, Cruz's birth certificate, bathroom bills, and electoral maps. We validate our party's representatives based not on their accomplishments but rather on their opponents' failings.

If you want things to improve, fight the battles worth fighting. Find a middle ground. Accept that not getting everything doesn't equate to getting nothing.

Rant over.

Richard Rossell
Richard Rossell

Sally Ronny Lummus. Hilwhoorly? Is that the best you can do? It must be the low IQ. That is common in Georgia. Benghazi is old news. Turn off Faux and Oxyrush. You might learn something positive.

Stephen Eason
Stephen Eason

Because they are more concerned about tearing each other down instead of the issues that are in the best interest of our country. They need to shut up and listen to the growing discontent of the American public

Sally Ronny Lummus
Sally Ronny Lummus

I thought Hilwhoorly was going to court for Bengozi , she doesn't have time to be Pres

Zach Ranger
Zach Ranger

That's the worst insult name for her I've seen yet - don't even know what it's supposed to mean.