Donald Trump's Unfavorable Rating On The Rise

According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, seven out of 10 people--including half of Republican voters--have an unfavorable view of GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The poll includes the South, where 70 percent view him unfavorably.

Among Trump's most loyal voting blocks, whites without a college education, 55 percent have a negative opinion. Despite leading the Republican field, there are questions about how well he will fare in a general election.

Ari Fleischer, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said “He’s at risk of having the nomination denied to him because grass-roots party activists fear he’s so widely disliked that he can’t possible win." In addition, large majorities said they would not describe Trump as civil, compassionate or likable.

Ted Cruz has a 59 percent unfavorable rating, and Hillary Clinton has 55 percent. Trump's public perception is also getting worse. The number of Americans who view him unfavorably has risen more than 10 percentage points since mid-February.

In January, a Gallup poll found Trump's unfavorable rating at 60 percent--already a record high level for any major party nominee.

Candi Edie, a registered Republican from Arroyo Grande, California said “At first, I thought he was great. He was bringing out a lot of issues that weren’t ever said, they were taboo." Now, the 64-year-old says, “I don’t know if he’s lost it or what. He’s not acting presidential.”

Andrew Glaves, a “hard core” Republican from Bothell, Washington, said he might have to side with Clinton if Trump becomes the nominee. Glaves, 29, said “I’d be willing to take that as opposed to doing so much harm to the country’s reputation."

In addition, over 60 percent of all registered voters and 31 percent of Republicans said they definitely would not vote for Trump in the general election.

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