- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

About seven in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton hitting a new high with a 55 percent unfavorable rating, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Twenty-nine percent of Americans said they have a favorable view of Mr. Trump in the ABC News/Washington Post poll, compared to 70 percent who said they have an unfavorable view. The 70 percent number is the highest in the poll for Mr. Trump since he entered the presidential race last June.

His numbers are worse than a 37 percent/60 percent favorable/unfavorable split in mid-May, and the unfavorable rating is a point off a high of 71 percent from May of last year, just before Mr. Trump entered the presidential race.

Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, had a 43 percent/55 percent favorable/unfavorable split, with the 55 percent number a new high for her.

The survey was taken from June 8-12 — after Mr. Trump received criticism for questioning the impartiality of a judge overseeing a fraud case against Trump University because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.

That’s also after Mrs. Clinton effectively wrapped up the Democratic nomination by winning four of six states on June 7. But she didn’t really get a bounce compared to last month, when she had a 44 percent/53 percent favorable/unfavorable split.

Almost all of the interviews were conducted before the terrorist attack in Orlando early Sunday.

Fifteen percent said they have a “strongly” favorable view of Mr. Trump, compared to 56 percent who have a “strongly” unfavorable view — a 41-point gap. Mrs. Clinton had a 25 percent/39 percent split among “strongly” favorable and unfavorable views — a 14-point gap.

The numbers were comparable among registered voters. Mr. Trump had a 31 percent/69 percent favorable/unfavorable split and Mrs. Clinton had a 43 percent/56 percent split.

Sixty-three percent of men had an unfavorable view of Mrs. Clinton and 62 percent said that same of Mr. Trump.

Meanwhile, 77 percent of women said they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Trump — a new high — compared to 47 percent for Mrs. Clinton.

Ninety-four percent of African-Americans and 89 percent of Hispanics said they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Trump. About eight in 10 African-Americans and close to two-thirds of Hispanics said they have a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Trump was more popular among whites; about six in 10 had an unfavorable view of him compared to nearly seven in 10 with an unfavorable view of Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton was also seen favorably by 75 percent of Democrats, compared to 65 percent of Republicans who saw Mr. Trump favorably.


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