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Donald Trump enjoys pushing boundaries – though he is unlikely to brag about pushing this one.
Gallup reports that Trump is more disliked than any general election candidate in the last 60 years. Even Barry Goldwater at his lowest point was not viewed as negatively as Trump is now. The polling organization’s latest survey looked not just at whether people view a candidate favorably or unfavorably, but to what extent.
Since 1992, Gallup has primarily measured candidate favorability using a binary favorable/unfavorable choice. But Gallup does use the 10-point scale once or twice each campaign to allow for longer-term historical comparisons. The scalometer typically produces positive ratings about 10 points higher than the binary favorable scores.
For instance, although Obama and McCain had nearly identical total favorable scores in 2008, Obama's highly favorable rating was significantly better: 37% for Obama vs. 28% for McCain. A similar phenomenon occurred in 1960, 1976 and 2004, when the winning candidate had an insignificant lead in overall favorability but a sizeable lead in high favorability. And in fact, in all elections but 1980, the candidate with the higher final "EQ" score won the election.
It was a record for Gallup, though Trump was not alone in besting Goldwater there. Clinton had 33% of voters giving her such low grades, which far exceeds the 26% Goldwater received at his low point in 1964.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
Yet somehow he won the primaries. And he got more primary votes than any other Republican in history.
Polls mean nothing. In all my years I was never asked to vote in these polls they keep talking about. It depends who they ask.
We are not voting for a friend to hang out with, so if you like him personally is irrelevant.
We are hiring someone to run our country.
And I think that Trump has the skills needed to fix our country.