One statistic in a new poll shows just how badly Donald Trump has burned nearly all bridges with American voters.
According to the latest Morning Consult poll:
In a new poll this week, half of all voters said they would definitely not consider voting for Trump, while 45 percent of respondents said they definitely wouldn’t consider voting for Clinton.
While 28 percent of Clinton and Trump supporters say they would consider voting for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, more than a quarter (27 percent) of those currently planning on voting for Clinton said they’d consider backing Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Only 14 percent of Trump supporters say they would consider voting for Stein.
Half of the country has already decided that they will not be voting for Trump before the first presidential debate even airs. It doesn’t seem to matter if Trump shakes up his campaign or starts running more ads. The Republican nominee has painted a clear picture for voters with his previous behavior to such a degree that there may be no turning back.
Hillary Clinton has a solid six point lead among voters who have made up their minds already. The 2016 presidential election is looking like a contest that will be won by the candidate that does the best job getting out their base. There aren’t many persuadable voters available for Clinton or Trump.
If Donald Trump loses the election experts may point to the candidate’s constant insistence on dividing his own party, along with historic levels of unpopularity, as the key reasons for his defeat.
The election is not a done deal. Much has already happened and more unforeseen events are guaranteed to occur before voters head to the polls in November, but Donald Trump has dug himself a hole that it might be impossible to get out of. The fact that half the country has already decided not to vote for him shows just how screwed Trump really is.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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