More than half of U.S. voters could not see themselves supporting Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton for president, according to a new survey.
Sixty-eight percent said they couldn’t see supporting Mr. Trump, the GOP front-runner, and 61 percent said the same of Mr. Cruz, who is Mr. Trump’s top Republican rival, according to the NBC/Wall Street Journal polling released Monday.
Meanwhile, 58 percent said they couldn’t see themselves supporting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Forty-eight percent said the same of Sen. Bernard Sanders, Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 Democratic rival, and 47 percent said they couldn’t see themselves supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the third remaining candidate on the Republican side.
Nearly two-thirds of all voters — 65 percent — said they have a negative view of Mr. Trump, making him the most unpopular major presidential candidate in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. Fifty-six percent said they have an unfavorable view of Mrs. Clinton, up 5 points from last month, and nearly half said they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Cruz.
In a head-to-head match-up, Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Trump by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent. She led Mr. Cruz by 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent, and trailed Mr. Kasich by 12 points, 51 percent to 39 percent.
Mr. Sanders, meanwhile, had a 12-point, 52 percent to 40 percent lead, over Mr. Cruz.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of being nominated at an open GOP convention, had a 1-point lead over Mrs. Clinton, 45 percent to 44 percent.