Real estate mogul Donald Trump has the lowest favorability ratings ever for a presidential frontrunner.
The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Trump with a net favorability rating of -39, followed by 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at -22, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at -18, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at -13. Trump's -39 net favorability is the lowest of any presidential candidate ever recorded in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
"To me, this is the low point," co-pollster Peter Hart told NBC News. "I've seen the disgust and the polarization. Never, never seen anything like this. They're not going up; they're going down."
The polling data consistently puts Trump with the lowest favorability ratings for a presidential candidate. This week's ABC/Washington Post poll showed Trump with a net favorability of of -37 and an honesty metric of -42, which is "nearly twice as bad as Hillary Rodham Clinton," according to Townhall's Guy Benson. To put that in perspective, Clinton's narrow loss in Michigan to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was largely due to voters viewing her as too dishonest. Clinton is also facing a possible indictment for her email scandal. Yet, Trump's honesty metric is almost twice as worse as Clinton's.
The results of the polls echo the concerns of those in anti-Trump crowd who are concerned that he would lose to Clinton in the general election. Comedian Steven Crowder argued in his Friday podcast that Clinton's Achilles heel is the fact that she has low favorability ratings, and yet the Republicans are poised to nominate a candidate with even worse favorability ratings than she.
"I've seen the disgust and the polarization. Never, never seen anything like this. They're not going up; they're going down."
Pollster Peter Hart
The numbers do not bode well for Republicans in a general election if Trump is in fact the nominee.