Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Is So Bad That It’s Making History

Kate Brown
Republican front-runner Donald Trump has approval ratings so abysmal, he could be making history as one of the most disliked nominees the U.S. has ever seen.

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Donald Trump may be the Republican presidential front-runner right now, but his approval ratings are so poor they're making history.

Donald Trump may be the Republican presidential front-runner right now, but his approval ratings are so poor they're making history.

While it might generally make sense that someone with such a high disapproval rating would be unable to garner the votes necessary to remain in the running, Trump has certainly proved common sense wrong. Despite his constant racist, sexist, xenophobic rhetoric, he still remains in the lead to win the GOP nomination—and if that happens, he could make history as the most hated nominee in decades (possibly ever).

“In terms of any domestic personality that we have measured, we’ve never seen an individual with a higher negative,” Democratic pollster Peter Hart told The Washington Post, adding that Trump’s image is “exceptionally rancid.”

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What is most interesting is that Trump’s approval rating was pretty low when he entered the race, then steadily increased in the following months, only to see a steady decline from 56 percent in January to 63 percent in March.

More specifically, however, is his decline among women—not surprising given the incredibly sexist things he has said, especially his “misspeak” about how women who receive abortions deserve “some form of punishment.”

He may have started out as a joke—many in the Republican Party didn't even take him seriously—but once he seemed to prove he was running a serious campaign, the GOP began to rally behind him and his approval ratings soared. While his ratings among the general population have fluctuated, his rating among the party itself has remained fairly stable.

If Trump were to win the GOP nomination, there is a strong possibility that many in the GOP will choose to support him, despite their general dislike for him.

“Should Trump be the nominee, a lot of Republicans who have a hard time believing they would actually vote for him ... they may turn,” GOP pollster Neil Newhouse told Politico.

Philip Rucker and Robert Costa of the Washington Post believe that Trump could significantly turn his ratings around if he would just focus on the positions that tend to resonate with a wide variety of voters, like the economy, trade and national security.

However, that still might not be enough. The only shift in approval in modern times that we could use to compare, as The Huffington Post points out, would be that of Bill Clinton back in 1992, who saw a staggering 18-point change in his net favorability rating, going from a -8 in July to +10 before his election. That kind of swing, however, would only put Trump at a horrible net -13.

Regardless, Trump still manages to defy common reasoning, continually staying in the lead compared to his competition, Ted Cruz. Hopefully with his steadily declining approval ratings, he won’t win the nomination.

One can hope, anyway.

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