Perhaps even more troubling, the NBC/WSJ survey found that the negative ratings for the two presumptive nominees are the highest in the history of the poll. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed hold a negative opinion of Clinton and 58 percent have a negative opinion of Trump.
At the same time, Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders continues to best both Clinton and Trump in favorability ratings (43 percent hold a positive view of the Vermont senator versus 36 percent who have a negative view) and maintains a double-digit lead over the Republican candidate.
NBC/WSJ recorded Sanders ahead of Trump by 15 points.
For the period between May 13-19, the presumptive Republican nominee polled ahead of Clinton by a national average of 0.2 points. […]
The battle lines for the literal soul of America have now been drawn with the settling upon the people who will oppose each other for the leadership of the United States—on one side being the Republican Party nominees for president and vice president Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and on the other the Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
The environment this battle will be fought within comes during a period of social upheaval caused by vast technological changes, mass migration and the weakening community and family relationships—all of which have caused the vast majority of Americans to become justifiably skeptical of their government and other longstanding institutions. […]
President Putin has ordered Kalibr missile equipped Russian warships to be permanently placed on combat duty off the coast of Syria in the Mediterranean Sea—and that pushes the world to brink of total war as the Kalibr is one of the most feared weapons in the world able to fire a nuclear payload, and marks the first time in history Russia has placed atomic weapons in the Middle East. […]