Poll: Voters Want Challenger To Clinton, Trump

| by Ray Brown
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American voters aren't happy with a potential match-up between front-runners Democratic Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

The two candidates have high unfavorability ratings, which has led to 55 percent of Americans favoring an independent contestant in 2016. But when looking specifically at voters under the age of 29, a whopping 91 percent favor an independent candidate, according to a Data Targeting poll.

Also, 65 percent of respondents are at least somewhat, pretty or very willing to support a candidate for president who is not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

While Trump is the only Republican candidate left in the primary and appears to be the Republican nominee, Clinton is still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination. Clinton has a virtually insurmountable delegate lead, but the populist Senator has vowed to continue campaigning until the Democratic convention in July and could cause Clinton to go into the general election on a losing streak. There remain potential losses in California and New Jersey in June after a tough May where she suffered losses in Oregon, Indiana, West Virginia, and barely managed to squeak out a 0.5 percent win in Kentucky.

Clinton's problem winning over a large swath of liberal voters is no doubt related to her high unfavorability ratings. According to the Data Targeting poll, 56 percent of voters have an unfavorable impression of Clinton. Among males, that number rises to 64 percent and among Republicans, it surges to 78 percent.

Among independents, however, which is always a crucial voting block in the general election for president, Clinton is disliked by 57 percent.

Among women, 60 percent find Trump unfavorable. Among Democrats, 71 percent dislike him. Among independents, Clinton has a slight edge, with 58 percent viewing Trump as unfavorable vs. Clinton's 57 percent.

Although there has yet to be a major independent candidate to announce his or her run, several third parties could try to take advantage of the electorate's dissatisfaction.

“I think it is a real opportunity,” Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson said on ABC’s "This Week."  

“I do think that Clinton and Trump are the two most polarizing figures in politics today.”

Source: Data Targeting, ABC News / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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