New polling indicates 44 percent of registered voters want Republican nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race. Even more troubling for the business mogul, nearly one-fifth of registered Republican respondents also want him to pack up and leave.
On Aug. 10, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 19 percent of registered Republican voters want Trump to drop out of the race before November. Of Republican respondents, 70 percent believe he should continue running, while 10 percent are undecided, Reuters reports.
Overall, 44 percent of all respondents want the Trump to leave the presidential race. Of those polled, 63 percent have an unfavorable view of the GOP nominee.
In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll measuring the presidential race, Trump only garnered 36 percent support while Clinton was ahead with 42 percent. This indicates that more voters would prefer Trump dropping out of the race than vote for him.
Megan MacDonald, a 25-year-old from Louisiana, told the survey she had not supported Trump throughout the Republican primary and that she firmly believes he should drop out.
“I just feel there are so many derogatory things that have come out of his mouth ... It feels like he’s not even trying to be a decent person who we should look up to,” MacDonald said.
Mike Smith, a 74-year-old from Florida, another respondent to the survey, said that he had previously supported Trump but had become disillusioned by his campaign. He said he may cast his vote for Clinton instead.
“His policies don’t seem to be well formed, they don’t seem to make any sense,” Smith said of Trump. “The support he has from Republicans almost seems obligatory rather than voluntary.”
Smith may be more right than he knows about the Republican establishment supporting the nominee.
On Aug. 5, 70 percent of GOP insiders working in swing states told The Politico Caucus that they wanted Trump to drop out. Only 30 percent believed the real estate developer should remain their standard bearer, Politico reports.
“I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more,” said an anonymous New Hampshire Republican.
An anonymous Florida Republican warned that Trump’s “negative image among Hispanics, women and independents is something that could be devastating to Republicans.”
Among GOP insiders, 58 percent believed Trump would remain in the race while only 2 percent believed he might drop out.
“Trump won the nomination,” an anonymous Michigan Republican said. “He should lose fair and square. Only then will the party base have to reckon with what they’ve done.”
With three months left until the November election, Trump will need to make drastic changes to his campaign style to close the gap between him and Clinton at the polls.
It does not help that a slight majority of likely voters seem to have already made up their minds about Trump. In a Bloomberg Politics national poll released on Aug. 10, 51 percent of respondents said that they could never bring themselves to cast their ballot for Trump.