Boy, I bet you thought it was bad when we were contemplating nominating a guy who had a 60% disapproval rating before the general election even began. But in fairness to your month-ago self, that was before you even learned it would be possible to nominate a person with a 70% disapproval rating:
(WASHINGTON) — For Americans of nearly every race, gender, political persuasion and location, disdain for Donald Trump runs deep, saddling the Republican front-runner with unprecedented unpopularity as he tries to overcome recent campaign setbacks.
Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. It’s an opinion shared by majorities of men and women; young and old; conservatives, moderates and liberals; and whites, Hispanics and blacks — a devastatingly broad indictment of the billionaire businessman.
Even in the South, a region where Trump has won GOP primaries decisively, close to 70 percent view him unfavorably. And among whites without a college education, one of Trump’s most loyal voting blocs, 55 percent have a negative opinion.
Here is the reality: it will probably be impossible to make the 35% of the Republican party who are behind Donald Trump to ever stop supporting him. That means, he is probably going to go into the convention with the most delegates, even if he does not have 1,237.
Here’s the other reality: We are already at the point where absolutely no one outside of that 35% of the Republican party is an even potentially persuadable voter to Donald Trump. Either within the Republican party or without. So draw from that what you will in terms of his chances of winning a contested convention – or, more importantly, his chances of beating Hillary Clinton.