Gallup poll: Donald Trump is most unliked candidate in 25 years

By Shawn Price  |  Feb. 1, 2016 at 5:03 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A new Gallup poll finds billionaire Donald Trump the most unliked candidate in 25 years. Or in the parlance of poll takers, he has the highest unfavorable ratings since Gallup began taking the poll.

Three out of five Americans -- or 60 percent -- have an unfavorable view of Trump in the latest two-week average of all of the candidates running in the 2016 presidential race. The percentage is the highest of all the candidates and the highest since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.

Then, it was President George H.W. Bush, who had a 57 percent unfavorable rating shortly before he lost in a landslide to Bill Clinton.

But third on the list is Hillary Clinton. Her current unfavorable rating is at 52 percent, most likely affected by questions about how she has handled the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The other current candidates for the White House fare much better, if only because they haven't been subjected to the scrutiny either Trump or Clinton has.

Jeb Bush's unfavorable rating is at 45 percent, followed by Chris Christie at 38 percent, Ted Cruz at 37 percent, Marco Rubio at 33 percent, Bernie Sanders at 31 percent and Ben Carson at 30 percent. The polling showed Cruz's favorable ratings continued to drop as he received more scrutiny.

Historically, Bill Clinton's highest unfavorable rating was at 49 percent in spring and early summer of 1992, but had dropped to 44 percent by the 1996 election. George W. Bush's unfavorable rating was at 47 percent when he ran for re-election in 2004.

When then-Sen. Barack Obama was running for president his unfavorable rating was at 37 percent. In 2012, it was 48 percent.

The highest on record for any president not running for office was George W. Bush in the last year of his presidency when his unfavorable rating was at 66 percent.

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