Majority Of Americans Dislike Trump, Clinton

| by Nik Bonopartis
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In the end, the battle for the White House might come down to Americans choosing the candidate they dislike the least.

About 6 in 10 Americans dislike both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, according to a pair of new polls by ABC News/Washington Post and and NBC News/Survey Monkey.

The favorability -- or unfavorability -- ratings of the two candidates is historic. If voter attitudes don't change by the time Americans head to the polls in November, the 2016 race could feature the most disliked nominees in more than three decades of American politics, according to ABC News.

Only two other presidential candidates in the last 30 years -- President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012 -- have been disliked by the majority of likely U.S. voters. For Democrats, a Hillary Clinton nomination would be a first -- no other Democratic candidate or nominee has had an unfavorable rating of more than 50 percent, the network reported.

Among voters, there are degrees of dislike. Of likely voters, 1 in 4 said they personally like Clinton and Trump, but do not admire them, Politico reported. Thirty-seven percent said they dislike Clinton, and 39 percent said they dislike Trump. But 21 percent said they "hate" Clinton, and 24 percent say they "hate" Trump, the ABC poll found.

So how can Clinton and Trump count on the support of voters, and how has Trump become his party's presumptive presidential nominee?

Thirty-six percent of Trump supporters told the NBC/Survey Monkey pollsters that they will vote for the businessman because they are opposed to Clinton, while 33 percent of Clinton supporters said they're motivated by their opposition to Trump. In that case, the voters aren't supporting candidates so much as they're opposing candidates they dislike.

The new polls were released as Trump gained a slight advantage over Clinton for the first time in aggregated national polls, according to Real Clear Politics. The measurement, which includes data from every major national poll, showed Trump with a razor-thin 0.2 percent margin over Clinton.

Sources: NBC News, ABC News, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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