Judging by all the grousing over both candidates, it's natural to think that voters hold both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in deep disdain.
That's not really true, though.
In fact, the current election is less a case of voters casting a pox on both candidates than an extraordinarily high negative perception of the other side's nominee. In other words, voters don't hate both Clinton and Trump,they hate either Clinton or Trump.
And "hate" is probably not too strong of a word.
Trump already has suggested that supporters exercise their Second Amendment freedoms to keep Clinton from office. (He later said it was sarcasm, but the line drew applause.)
Vice President Joe Biden, at a campaign stop for Clinton this week in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said Trump is "totally, thoroughly unqualified" to be president, to the wild cheers of those in attendance.
Polls indicate that both candidates have huge negatives: Gallup most recently put Trump's favorable to unfavorable rating at 31 percent to 63 percent, while Clinton's was at 41 percent to 54 percent. Just 23 percent — of Democratic-leaning voters no less — found Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, while only 36 percent of Republicans think Trump has the temperament to serve, according to survey results of 1,500 people released Thursday by NBC News and Survey Monkey. (Gallup surveys 1,000 for its daily tracking polls.)