The Lid: 2016 Could Be The Haters Election

Protesters shout slogans against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before a fundraising event in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on May 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZEDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty ImagesEDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP - Getty Images

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By Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… We have a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out today, which is exciting except for the fact that we’re too late to modify our approval rating categories to “strongly disapprove,” “disapprove,” “approve” and “OMG I LOVE THIS AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE CHEWBACCA MASK VIDEO LOL!”

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‘16 from 30,000

Sometimes, a poll tells you something you already instinctively kind of know, but the numbers really drive it home. That was the case for us with this piece of data in our NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll: Majorities of both Trump and Clinton voters say their vote in November is more about opposing the OTHER candidate than about supporting their nominee. Among those who say they’re supporting Hillary Clinton, 44 percent said their vote is more about supporting former Secretary of State, while 52 percent said their vote is more about opposing Donald Trump. Among Trump voters, it’s a similar picture: 42 percent are voting *for* Trump, while 54 percent are voting *against* Clinton. With sky-high negatives for both of these candidates, we’ve known all along that this election was going to be more about voters hating the other team than loving their own, but bookmark these numbers if you need a reminder of why things are so ugly in the heat of the summer.



“It’d be a ticket with six former wives, kind of like a Henry VIII thing. They certainly understand women.”

  • GOP operative Ed Rollins, quoted in the National Review about a potential Trump/Gingrich ticket


Bernie Sanders campaign in California.

Donald Trump holds a rally in New Mexico.