Polls have shown Donald Trump leading Republicans for a few weeks now, despite his racism, his bullying and his overall abrasive, “I’m-better-than-you” demeanor. It could be because he doesn’t sugarcoat anything like politicians do, and as such, he’s tapping deep into a certain anger on the right that nobody else has been able to reach. However, when it comes to how he’s doing against Democrats, the picture is quite different.
A new Quinnipiac University National poll says that The Donald still trails all three leading Democratic contenders, meaning he would lose to Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Vice President Joe Biden, if the general election were now. While he’s got 20 percent of likely Republican voters right now, in matchups against Democrats, Trump just doesn’t have it.
This is good news for Democrats, because some people think Trump’s strong showing among Republicans means he’s a strong contender for the presidency. However, it’s important to note that Trump also tops the poll’s “no way” list, meaning 30 percent of likely Republican voters would not vote for him at all.
A recent CNN poll shows that Trump does worse against all the Democratic candidates than any other GOP candidate, also. When placed head to head against the Democratic leaders, it’s clear that, should he win the GOP nomination, he can’t win the general election regardless of who the Democratic candidate is. He can’t be liking that; it means that the GOP will be mean and unfair to him.
Republicans, especially the angry ones on the far right who are sick to death of politicians sugarcoating issues, might think that Trump is their savior right now. His supporters are, according to If You Only News writer Rob Groce, mostly white, evangelical men who are over the age of 50. Considering that’s also the demographic that seems to be the angriest and most fearful in this country right now, this isn’t surprising.
The Quinnipiac poll also says that voters seem to want someone who is honest and trustworthy, and they overwhelmingly feel that neither Trump, nor Clinton, fit the bill here. We can expect people’s opinions of Trump as honest and trustworthy to fall further, as various scandals showing how dishonest he’s been in his business dealings continue to come to light.
This is yet more evidence that, despite Trump leading in GOP polls, he very likely can’t win the general election. Should Democrats be worried that he’ll get the nomination, or should they be worried that he won’t? Certainly, if the GOP were dumb enough to nominate him, they’d throw the election away. Too bad for them, and too bad for Trump.