(Newswire.net — May 7, 2016) — American voters say they are voting more to oppose the other side than to support the right candidate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday.
According to the poll results, people are becoming increasingly fearful of the opposing party, Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics said.
“This phenomenon is called negative partisanship,” Sabato said, adding that there are no better nominees than Trump and Clinton to illustrate this, and also stating that the US presidential elections look more like an unpopularity contest during which Americans are picking the less sinister side.
Trump’s straight forward approach and hard-line proposals such as the one to ban Muslims from entering the United States and the re-negotiation of international trade deals, won the hearts of conservatives who are afraid that Clinton could become president.
On the other hand, Clinton supporters are intimidated by the idea that real-estate mogul Trump could be in the position to decide in the name of Americans.
Former first lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, secured a lead by promising the continuation of Obama’s policy. However, with Madeleine Albright by her side it is more likely that its back to the 90’s, according to about 47 percent of Trump’s supporters who just don’t want to see the Clinton family back in the White House.
According to the report, another 43 percent of supporters said they like Trump’s political positions, while 6 percent said they liked him personally.
The Poll results show 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. The report shows 40 percent said they agreed with Clinton’s political positions, and 11 percent said they liked her personally.
Criticizing Trump’s way, US president Obama said the Republican nominee should not treat the presidential campaign like a reality show and should be subjected to serious scrutiny.
“We are in serious times, and this is a really serious job,” President Obama said after being asked about Mr. Trump at a White House news conference on Friday, The New York Times reported.
“This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States,” Mr. Obama said.