He spoke about them plenty during the Republican presidential primary, but you’re not likely to hear Donald Trump praising many polls any time soon now that most of them show Hillary Clinton beating him in their head-to-head matchup. I wouldn’t be shocked if he starts bashing and attacking many of the same polls he once used as a point of pride, often bragging about how large his lead was over his GOP rivals.
Well, one poll you definitely won’t see Trump posting about on Twitter is the latest one from ABC News/Washington Post showing Clinton with a 12-point lead over the presumptive GOP presidential candidate. While I typically don’t take head-to-head polls too seriously until around August, it’s still a good sign for Clinton even this far out from November’s election. Considering everyone knows how closely Trump follows polls, this one showing her with a large lead is undoubtedly driving his ego crazy.
However, being 12-points down to Clinton wasn’t actually the most embarrassing information for Trump in this poll.
Here are some rather disastrous numbers for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee:
- 64 percent said he’s not qualified to be president, including one-third of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
- On the flip side, 61 percent of respondents said Clinton was qualified to be president.
- 66 percent said he’s biased against women.
- 68 percent found his comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel racist.
All those numbers are embarrassing for Trump, but the fact that he and Clinton are on completely opposite sides when it comes to who’s qualified to be president is humiliating for his campaign and the GOP. It’s one thing if there’s a small gap — anyone can spin a few points difference in a poll — but there’s absolutely no way to spin this. Heck, even one-third of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents don’t think he’s qualified to be Commander-in-Chief.
Again, I know how polls work; this far out from the general election, these numbers typically don’t mean a whole lot. However, that’s not necessarily true when it comes to Trump. This is someone who doesn’t respond well to negative information, who’s seemingly becoming more radical the closer he gets to officially becoming the GOP’s presidential nominee. Not only that, but like I said earlier, we’re not talking about a small gap of a few points. If you believe this poll is fairly accurate, then just over two-thirds of all Americans don’t think he’s qualified to be president. I don’t see someone like Donald Trump, with his temperament, doing a whole lot between now and November to change the minds of many.
While I’m not foolish enough to say these kinds of numbers prove he can’t win (after all, we just saw what happened with Brexit), I also know that these numbers have to be terrifying anyone in the GOP who legitimately wants to see Donald Trump get elected.