For several past elections, voters have made their voting decision based on which of the candidates was the ‘lesser of the two evils.’ The negativity ratings of the leading 2016 candidates – Trump, Clinton and Cruz – indicate this election will be the same.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted between April 10-14 revealed overwhelming negativity ratings for the leading presidential candidates, which implies a politically unproductive term for whichever candidate wins the election.
Even though Donald Trump has his ardent and vocal supporters and has won the most votes in the Republican primaries, over 68 percent of American voters say they could not see themselves supporting Mr. Trump. With over two-thirds of Americans so predisposed, one may infer Trump is a big fish swimming in a small, albeit noisy pond.
Senator Cruz is close behind Trump on the negativity poll. Over 61 percent of American voters say they could not support Senator Cruz.
Although Hillary Clinton has received the most votes and delegates thus far in the Democrat primaries, over 58 percent of American voters say they could not support her.
The looming question as a result of such stunning negativity ratings for the most likely presidential candidates is: If elected with such negative ratings, how could any one of them effectively govern as president?
They likely won’t, which could actually be a good thing for the country, unless the president resorts to the same tactic President Obama has exploited to unilaterally force his agenda on the public – executive order.
The probable fallout – if any of these three are elected – will be an even more divisive, contentious and polarizing political environment with more gridlock as Congress stalls and blocks the presidents’ moves as a way of appearing to demonstrate it’s performing per the public’s wishes.
h/t NBC, NBC/WSJ
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