Rubber masks of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, (left), and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (back).
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By Madeline Farber
August 30, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is notoriously unpopular, but Public Policy Polling was curious to see just how unpopular he was compared to other unpleasant things.

The firm polled 881 likely voters between Aug. 26 and Aug. 28, and found Trump ranks lower than Duke University, middle seats on airplanes, public restrooms, and people who leave voicemails in the year 2016. On the bright side, he beat out junk mail, mosquitoes, Bubonic Plague, carnies, Ryan Lochte, and bedbugs. He tied with personal injury lawyers.

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That said, the survey found Trump isn’t the only one struggling with popularity.

Both Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have become increasingly unpopular as the election nears. Clinton only leads Trump by 5 percentage points, or 42% to 37%, respectively. The number of undecided voters jumped from 5 to 10%, an unusual spike for a number that’s typically on the decline during this leg of the campaign.

 

“The only place we’re seeing any growth in support is actually for the third party candidates,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “More voters are turning to them as Clinton and Trump see their favorability numbers go back in the wrong direction.”

Trump’s and Clinton’s drop in popularity coincides with a decline in favorability ratings. Although both candidates saw a boost in favorability ratings after their respective conventions, those numbers have since dropped off. Trump is down 27 points, and Clinton is down 11. Both candidates are down five points from a month ago, according to the survey.

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