The 2016 presidential race is turning out to be something of an unpopularity contest, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The poll showed that a majority of voters couldn’t see themselves supporting Republican presidential candidate,Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. More specifically, 68 percent said they couldn’t see themselves supporting Trump, 61 percent said they couldn’t imagine supporting Cruz and 58 percent said they wouldn’t support Clinton.
In the history of the NBC/WSJ poll, Trump is reportedly the most unpopular presidential candidate; 65 percent of all voters have a negative view of the billionaire businessman.
Only 19 percent of those polled said they think Clinton is honest and trustworthy, while 12 percent said Trump has the temperament to be president.
“The Republicans have a party problem, and the Democrats have a candidate problem,” Democratic pollster Peter Hart told NBC News.
“At some point, when the confetti is on the floor and the lights are turned out, the winner needs to govern. And the outlook for the next president, whoever he or she will turn out to be, looks grim,” pollster Fred Yang added.
The two candidates with the highest net favorability ratings were Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio at 12 and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 9. Cruz’s net favoribility was -23, Clinton’ was -24 and Trump’s was -41.
On the day of the New York primary, Clinton and Trump were poised to maintain big leads in the state, WTOP reported.
The candidates have been campaigning intensely in the state, with Cruz continuing to catch slack for comments he made about “New York values.” He attempted several times to clarify his meaning behind the statement, saying during a CNN town hall debate that the comment was taken from Trump.
“It’s actually a phrase that originated with Donald Trump,” Cruz said, The Hill reported. “And the reason I made that point was Donald did an interview with 'Meet the Press' back in 1999, where he was explaining why [...] he supported partial birth abortions. And his explanation in that interview was ‘Hey, I’m from New York, those are New York values, they’re not Iowa values.’”