Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been embarking on a controversial effort to woo black voters, but according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP), the effort hasn't made much headway (video below).
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on Aug. 29 that likely black and Latino voters preferred public restrooms, junk mail, bedbugs, the bubonic plague, mosquitoes, Ryan Lochte, personal injury lawyers, Duke University and carnies over Trump.
Among African-Americans voters, 97 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Trump while 3 percent were unsure and 0 percent looked upon him favorably.
Among all American voters, sitting in the middle airplane seat is polling ahead of Trump 45 to 42 percent, and 13 percent were in the "not sure" camp.
Trump tied with personal injury lawyers in popularity with the American public at 44 percent; Trump did defeat bedbugs in this general poll 56 to 34 percent.
And 4 percent of Trump supporters believe that their candidate "cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons." Maddow referred to these folks as the "apocalyptically suicidal" voters.
On a more serious note, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Trump 48 to 43 percent.
The Trump campaign hit another bump in the road on Aug. 30 when Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a false claim from a Trump supporter that Clinton was secretly paying pollsters.
According to Mediaite.com, the giveaway for the ruse is a "really, really, really fake" email between PPP and Clinton.
Back in the real world, Clinton and Trump are preparing for their upcoming debate, but in vastly different ways, according to The New York Times.
Clinton's team has reportedly been pouring over facts and figures, and Trump's deepest insecurities with the ghostwriter of his book "The Art of the Deal."
Clinton's team is also said to be working with psychology experts to help predict how Trump will react to debating one woman on the stage; he debated Carly Fiorina as part of a group during the GOP primaries.
For his part, Trump has been working closely with his debate team, but still said: "I believe you can prep too much for those things. It can be dangerous. You can sound scripted or phony -- like you’re trying to be someone you’re not."