NOLAN FINLEY

Editor’s Note: New poll: Nobody likes Trump

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

A poll released Thursday provides all the explanation anyone needs as to why Republicans must force their presidential nominating race to a brokered convention in Cleveland.

The Associated Press-GfK survey finds 69 percent of American voters have an unfavorable view of GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The billionaire is seen negatively by every demographic group, including half of Republican voters.

That poll is easy to translate: Not only won’t Donald Trump win in November, he will take the rest of the Republican ballot down with him if he’s the nominee.

Republicans can’t be bullied by the threat of a revolt by Trump supporters into giving their nomination to a man so widely detested.

He is not likely now to win the nomination outright by capturing the required 1,237 delegates. So the rules are clear: if Trump fails on the first ballot, Republicans are free to choose someone else to carry their standard.

Michigan Republicans meet tonight in Lansing to select national convention delegates. They should be mindful of the disaster that awaits their party with Trump. They are bound to give Trump the delegates he won in the Michigan primary on the first ballot, but that’s their only obligation.

The state GOP members should be looking to seat delegates at the convention who will act in the best interest of their party.