Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Republican Voters Really Dislike Trump

July 8, 2015

by Joshua Pinho


Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Since he announced his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has vaulted into second place in many polls, both nationally and in early primary states. In the two most recent national polls, a CNN/ORC poll and a Fox News poll, Trump placed second, receiving 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

However, there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Eleven percent of support might be enough to make it into the top tier in a crowded field, but as candidates inevitably begin to drop out of the race, Trump is going to need to convince their supporters to board the Trump train. In that regard, he is facing a daunting challenge. Trump has consistently been receiving the highest unfavorability numbers in the field.

The Huffington Post collected some of the most recent poll numbers that Trump has received.  A recent ABC/Washington Post poll showed that only 16 percent of the respondents viewed Trump favorably, while 71 percent viewed him unfavorably, a staggering -55 by the Frank Cannon Metric. The only two candidates who came close to that level of unfavorability were Jeb Bush and Chris Christie:

Only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 51 percent rating him unfavorably (32 percent favorable), and current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with 48 percent rating him unfavorably (22 percent favorable) came close to Trump’s level of dislike.

By the Cannon Metric, Jeb would score a -19, and Christie would score a -26. Both results are significantly better than Trump’s -55.

A recent Quinnipiac poll had similar results, as Trump was viewed favorably by just 20 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 69 percent, which would score a -49 when put through the Cannon Metric.

However, there’s even worse news for the Trump campaign. In a recent Fox News poll, conducted in early June, 59 percent of respondents said they would “never vote for” Trump. In fact, in the same Fox News poll where Trump placed second, respondents were asked, “Do you consider Donald Trump a serious presidential candidate or a side show?” Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they considered Donald Trump a sideshow, while only 22 percent said he was a serious candidate.

Trump clearly appeals to a certain base of GOP voters, who like the idea of a successful outsider and who are responding to his non-PC bravado. However based on these polls, it seems likely that Trump’s support has a ceiling, and his poll numbers are rapidly approaching that ceiling. Trump doesn’t have much room to grow, and we can only hope that he doesn’t do any significant damage to the eventual nominee’s general election chances before he inevitably peters out.

Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.


Joshua Pinho is a Digital Communications Associate for the American Principles Project.

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4 comments on “Republican Voters Really Dislike Trump”

  • GodHelpUs1776 says:

    Trump is the only candidate who has what it takes to turn this listing, sinking ship aright. Sadly the rest are either spineless, gutless Rinos, professional politicians or inexperienced in world affairs. If Trump does what he says then he’d be the candidate to make America great again…God help us please.

  • KNP950 says:

    This is why is Republicans don’t stand a chance in 2017. Horrible articles like this, written as a smear campaign organized by the GOP. At first they didn’t take Trump very serious. They even thought he would back out and not throw his hat in. Well now that he has things changed. All the campaign buzz especially from the republican side is about Trump. The enormous field of runners that don’t stand a chance and would doing the GOP and themselves a favor getting out now are upset. It’s not even Trump’s comments that they are upset over its they find themselves irrelevant. So many past losers like Pataki, McCain, Perry are even publicing denouncing him and trying to make him look bad. Believe me these people don’t have the power to make Trump look bad but they have the power that will blow up any chance of anyone beating Hillary. The GOP is so divided. There’s way too many candidates. They will rip each other apart in debates and publically for the next year that the work for the liberals will be done for them already. Republicans don’t like Trump. Yeah the ones behind him in the polls and apparently this publication. Now he’s in the lead by a chunk. Every republican I talk to his excited for Trump because he is not a career polititician, he can’t be bought or bullied. He doesn’t apologize when he feels he’s right. This plan by the GOP if sucessful will lead me to become an independent and probably not vote at all in ’17. It’s a disgrace, this article and what the GOP is doing to Trump. Just hand the reigns to Hillary now. I’m so disappointed in my party. They won the Senate and still cave to the king and now this is despicable. I don’t read this news source, was linked from a Facebook post but their agenda was obvious in less than a minute. I see they also wrote an article about Trump’s views being different in ’99. That’s 16 years ago. Our conservative leader Reagan was a strong democrat once ….. And you loved him. If you give a damn about the possibility of a republican taking the oath instead of another Clinton you’ll stop this nonsense today and those who read this and see my point and agree wrote to this pulse2016 and tell them to go work for the other side because I’m essence they already are.

  • ByronMatthews says:

    When you’re making the Left lie about you, drawing the hate of the GOP establishment, then you’re doing something right.  TRUMP2016

  • lindamae1 says:

    A joke of an article
    Shoddy yellow journalism at best.
    Using old data to support present day views smacks of fraud. Must be a press agent for Dem party’s public relations company.

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