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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trump: Not So Yuge with the General Public

Gallup reports:
The 2016 presidential candidates who are the most familiar to U.S. adults -- Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush -- also rank among the least-liked, in terms of their unfavorable rating exceeding their favorable rating. Trump vies with Clinton as the race's best-known candidate, but he is by far the least-liked of the field, with 59% viewing him unfavorably and 32% favorably, yielding a net favorable score of -27.
Janet Hook and Patrick O'Connor report at The Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is opposed by a solid majority of Americans, but there is more support for the idea and greater anti-Muslim sentiment within the Republican Party, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
Those views within the party have helped Mr. Trump weather yet another political storm, as the poll found his favorability rating undiminished among GOP primary voters over the last six weeks.
Some 57% of survey respondents objected to the proposed Muslim ban—most of them saying they objected strongly—while 25% favored it.
Among Republican primary voters, 39% opposed and 38% supported the idea, which has been the subject of heated debate since Monday, when Mr. Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims’ entry into the country.