A new poll finds that almost half the people who plan to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the next election based their decision on their dislike of the opposing candidate, not because they are enthusiastically supporting their own.
About 47 percent of Trump supporters said they backed him primarily because they don’t want Clinton to win. Another 43 percent said their primary motivation was a liking for Trump’s political positions, while 6 percent said they liked him personally.
Similar responses prevailed among Clinton supporters.
About 46 percent said they would vote for her mostly because they don’t want to see a Trump presidency, while 40 percent said they agreed with her political positions, and 11 percent said they liked her personally.
This result is consistent with other polls that show that both Trump and Clinton have net strong unfavorability ratings that have reached historically high levels and net strong favorability ratings that have reached historic lows. This means that being really hated by your political opponents is not being balanced by being really loved by your supporters.
These kinds of results are worrisome It suggest that a general election between Clinton and Trump will be determined by who is disliked more. That kind of politics only breeds cynicism.