Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will likely go head-to-head in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Both candidates have been front-runners for their respective parties, with Trump being the GOP’s presumptive nominee. Now, a recent survey showed that the former first lady is losing her lead over the billionaire businessman.
The survey illustrated by Real Clear Politics, which was released on Sunday, showed that the former secretary of state is now leading her Republican rival by a mere 0.2 points. If one factors in the margin of error, then the lead gap is at zero points. The numbers are a stark contrast to a survey released last July where Hillary Clinton was 20 points up against Donald Trump.
The illustration of the survey showed that the numbers of the possible Democratic party presidential nominee are steadily going down since late March. Meanwhile, the Republican presumptive presidential nominee’s numbers have been rising since April.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 23, 2016
Another poll by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Hillary Clinton is still enjoying some lead, albeit minimal. In that poll, she leads at 46 percent to Donald Trump’s 43 percent. It is worth noting that in April, a similar poll was done, but Bill Clinton’s wife enjoyed an 11−point lead then.
However, a matchup between Senator Bernie Sanders and the former The Apprentice host showed the politician from Vermont leading by 15 points. The numbers are placed at 54 to 39 percent.
Nonetheless, despite being their party’s front-runners, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are perceived negatively by voters.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that both candidates have high unfavorable ratings among all registered voters. It revealed that almost 6 out of 10 respondents had negative views of both candidates. Hillary Clinton garnered minus −16 while Donald Trump had minus −17 net negative rating.
Interestingly, though, that the Trump’s disapproval rating has improved since March.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 5, 2016
The presidential candidates also made history as never in its previous surveys have nominees been viewed as harshly as they have been.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders reacted to the unfavorable perception of the electorate saying that voters perceive the former secretary of state as “the lesser of two evils.”
During the senator’s guesting on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he said: “That’s what the American people are saying.”
“If you look at the favorability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of them have very, very high unfavorables.”
He then went on to say that the Americans need “a campaign, an election, coming up which does not have two candidates who are really very, very strongly disliked.”
“I don’t want to see the American people voting for the lesser of two evils. I want the American people to be voting for a vision of economic justice, of social justice, of environmental justice, of racial justice,” he said. “That is the campaign we are running, and that’s why we are getting the support we are.”
Bernie Sanders then pointed out that unlike Hillary Clinton, he fared well against Donald Trump. He brought up the polls showing that he triumphs over the GOP presumptive presidential nominee by “larger margins – in some cases, significantly larger margins” than the former first lady.
Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump: General Election Match-Up Polls & Favorability Ratings https://t.co/cD9UhkkOJa pic.twitter.com/zexGCF7KcT
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On the other hand, despite Bernie Sanders holding on to the possibility of being chosen as the party nominee, Hillary Clinton said the Democrats will unify against Donald Trump.
“She taught me resilience, courage, and the power of love and kindness.” —Hillary on her momhttps://t.co/0zuTHYM1B4
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 23, 2016
The real estate mogul, meanwhile, is back to his competitive mode as he lashed out at Hillary Clinton for being unqualified to run the country. In a tweet, he said the Democrat is not qualified to be the next chief of the U.S. “because her judgement has been proven to be so bad.”
Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president because her judgement has been proven to be so bad! Would be four more years of stupidity!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2016
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