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Trump and Clinton: Between a Rock and Hard Place

  • Polls have shown that many voters are also looking towards Independent candiates

    Polls have shown that many voters are also looking towards Independent candiates | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 July 2016

More than 1 in 10 of Americans would prefer a giant meteor to hit earth than have Trump or Clinton win, according to a new survey.

A survey from Public Policy Polling, PPP saw 13 percent of respondents chose the giant meteor option over Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton winning the presidency in November. Despite the satire, recent polls have also indicated widespread unpopularity of the two candidates.

Clinton was the most popular candidate in the survey with 38 percent, followed by Trump on 38 percent. 13 picked the hypothetical giant meteor option and seven percent were undecided.

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Unsurprisingly, among more liberal voters 23 percent were in support of the giant meteor. 16 percent of moderate voters and 21 percent of conservative voters chose the giant meteor. Republican and Democrats supported the meteor equally, whilst independent voters backed the rock by 27 percent. Men were more likely to back the meteor than women.

Of actual presidential candidates, 45 percent supported Clinton and 41 percent for Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 5 percent of support, 2 percent opted for Green candidate Jill Stein and 7 percent were undecided.

The most recent Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed similar dissatisfaction with the major party candidates. It suggested a strong potential for candidates like Johnson or Stein to gain enough of the presidential election to influence its outcome, 21 percent of likely voters said they will not back Trump or Clinton.

In a four-way race, 45 percent of likely voters support Clinton, 34 percent Trump, 5 percent Johnson and 4 percent Stein.

The poll revealed an "unfavorable" view of both main candidates, with 46 percent of Clinton supporters and 47 percent of Trump supporters saying their top priority when voting will be to stop the opposing candidate from winning.

Johnson could appeal to both liberals and conservatives. He supports marijuana legalization, whilst cutting taxes, reducing the military and Medicare.

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Stein could make a strong bid to backers of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Stein wants to abolish student debt, raise the minimum wage and supports environmental sustainability.

Yet Johnson and Stein are unknown by most voters, only 23 percent said they were "somewhat familiar" with Johnson, and 16 percent for Stein.

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