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Many Californians Have Extremely Negative Views Of Both Clinton, Trump

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Nearly half of California voters have an extremely negative view of Donald Trump, while nearly one-third hold extremely negative views of Hillary Clinton, according to an KPIX 5 poll.

Meanwhile, the poll also shows Clinton continues to have a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders in the battle for the Democratic nomination.

In a SurveyUSA poll of 1,598 registered voters (.pdf), the poll found 48 percent had an "extremely negative" view of the Republican frontrunner, while another 13 percent said they held a "negative" view of Trump. Twenty-seven percent of those polled said they viewed the businessman in a "positive" or "extremely positive" light.

Despite the Republican frontrunner's reputation for brash rhetoric, SurveyUSA found 11 percent of voters polled were neutral about Trump.

As for the Democratic frontrunner, 30 percent said they had an "extremely negative" view of Clinton and another 15 percent had a "negative" view. Thirty-nine percent had either a "positive" or "extremely positive" view of the former Secretary of State, while 16 percent were neutral.

More than 40 percent had a "positive" or "extremely positive" view of Bernie Sanders, who is trying to battle Clinton for the Democratic nomination, while 13 percent had a "negative" view and another 13 percent had an "extremely negative" view of the senator from Vermont. Sanders is the candidate who has the highest percentage of voters who were neutral, 28 percent.

While Clinton nears the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, Sanders continues to campaign in the Bay Area and around California, looking to score an upset on June 7th. The poll found Sanders trailing Clinton among likely voters in the Democratic primary, 57 percent to 39 percent.

Sanders leads among younger voters, but Clinton is leading by 12 points among voters 35-49, 34 points among voters 50-64 and by 45 points among voters 65 and older.

If the November election were held today, SurveyUSA found California's 55 electoral votes would go toward Clinton, with the Democrat defeating Trump by a margin of 52 percent to 38 percent. Ten percent are undecided.

SurveyUSA also asked voters about the upcoming Senate primary to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, lead among voters, potentially shutting out Republicans of a chance to gain the seat in November. Harris leads with 31 percent, while Sanchez is in second place with 22 percent. Republicans Tom Del Beccaro, Duf Sundheim and Ron Unz each have less than 10 percent of the vote.

Eighteen-hundred voters were polled between May 19th and May 22nd for this survey. The margin of error for the presidential race and the senate race was plus or minus 2.7 percent, while the margin of error for the Democratic primary was plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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