Even as the Democrat infighting continues to escalate, a new poll out this afternoon gives Dems even more cause for concern.
The latest Fox News poll now finds presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on top in a head-to-head matchup with anointed-by-the-establishement-people-be-damned Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the Queen hits a new record for honesty — with a record 66 percent say she isn’t.
But what should concern BOTH parties is the fact that a third-party candidate is hitting double digits in the latest poll. Libertarian Gary Johnson, who received just 1 percent of the vote when he ran in 2012, is polling at 10% in the new Fox News poll.
From Fox News:Donald Trump tops Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, according to a new Fox News Poll that also finds majorities of voters feel both frontrunners lack strong moral values and will say anything to get elected. Trump has a 45-42 percent edge over Clinton, if the presidential election were held today. That’s within the poll’s margin of sampling error. Last month, Clinton was up by 48-41 percent (April 2016).
Independents go for Trump by 46-30 percent, although one in five would vote for someone else or stay home (20 percent).
Enthusiasm is on the GOP’s side, as more Republicans (74 percent) than Democrats (66 percent) say they are extremely or very interested in the presidential election.
The poll shows Bernie Sanders has a 46-42 percent advantage over Trump in a hypothetical matchup. Sanders was up by 53-39 percent in April. However, the Vermont senator trails Clinton in the Democratic nomination race by what is considered an insurmountable number of delegates.
The drawn-out nomination battle may hurt Clinton among the base, as 1 in 10 Sanders voters say they would pick Trump over her in November (11 percent).
Clinton and Trump have made quite an impression so far. Overall, voters feel the candidates lack honesty, empathy, and strong moral values, and that they’ll say anything to win.
Clinton has a net negative honesty rating of -35 points. That’s because a new low 31 percent say she’s honest, while a record 66 percent say she isn’t.
Trump does better on this measure, although he is still underwater by 17 points: 40 percent think he’s honest and 57 percent say he’s not.
Who is more corrupt? By a 49-37 percent margin, voters give that dubious distinction to Clinton.
One has to wonder if some of high negative ratings both the presumptive GOP and Democrat nominee are getting are contributing to Libertarian Gary Johnson’s double-digit ratings.
What about former Republican governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, who is favored to top the Libertarian Party ticket? He ran in 2012 and received almost one percent of the vote nationally.
The poll finds Johnson garners 10 percent in this hypothetical three-way matchup. But that wouldn’t change the race, as Trump still holds the edge over Clinton: 42-39 percent.
We’ve talked about high anti-establishment sentiment in this election cycle, and few things are as “establishment” as the two major parties in this country. You hear many Americans yearn for another option, but say there’s no chance in it ever getting traction.
As conventional wisdom continues to get thrown out the window this election cycle, is the two-party lock on American politics soon to follow?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]