Gallup reports that Donald Trump’s favorable rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents has reached 66%, the highest since Gallup began tracking him nine months ago. His unfavorable rating is at 30%. Even though Trump’s favorable ratings have hit a new high, they remain much worse than those of the last three Republican nominees at about this point in their presidential campaigns:
Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush had coalesced their party’s support into a more universally positive image by May or early June of 2012, 2008 and 2000, respectively, with favorable ratings in the 80% range and low unfavorable ratings.
According to Politico, those Bush, McCain, and Romney “low favorable ratings” were around 10 percent.
Gallup, like the new CBS News/New York Times poll, found that half of the respondents would prefer the nominee was someone else, while 48 percent were pleased with Trump. Older, men, conservatives and those without college degrees were those most likely to be pleased with Trump as the nominee.
The poll was conducted May 11-17, 2016 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.