WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) — A new poll indicated 63 percent of Republicans think front-runner Donald Trump should get the party’s nomination if he wins the delegate race but falls short of the majority needed to clinch it outright.
That same poll finds nearly seven in 10 Americans holds a somewhat or very negative view of Trump.
The poll, conducted by Bloomberg News, asked 366 Republican voters what they thought was “the better way to decide the Republican nomination.” Respondents were then given two options: “The candidate with the most delegates from state primaries and caucuses should win, even if he does not get a majority” and “If no candidate gets a majority, the delegates at the national convention in Cleveland should decide who will represent the Republican party, with no restrictions on whom they can name.”
More than six in 10 voters opted for the plurality candidate over a brokered convention.
The survey also asked Americans of all political backgrounds whether they view major national political figures positively or negatively. Trump came out with by far the largest negatives. Some 68 percent of respondents said they hold a negative view of the New York businessman and reality television host. Twenty-eight percent of Americans view him favorably.
Trump’s unfavorable rating has jumped by 7 points since November, before voting began in the presidential election.
By comparison, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is viewed negatively by 53 percent of Americans and favorably by 44 percent, the same as it was in November.
Democrats hold an overall advantage, as well. When asked about the two political parties, Democrats were viewed favorably by a slim majority, 51 percent. The Republicans’ generic approval rating is 33 percent, with 60 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the party.
The poll surveyed 1,000 Americans from March 19-22. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.