Poll says most Republicans feel embarrassed by this year's presidential campaign

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This election cycle has plunged the Republican party into an existential crisis. Convinced that Donald Trump's candidacy would falter and fade early on, most establishment conservatives have looked on in horror as he's risen in the polls and begun to collect delegates with ease. A new poll from the New York Times and CBS News illustrates their predicament — of 362 Republicans surveyed over four days, 60 percent say they're embarrassed by their party's presidential campaign, and 88 percent agree that their party is divided. What's more, 58 percent say that the tone of this year's campaign is more negative than that of campaigns in previous years.

Of those Republicans surveyed, 46 percent say they'd like to see Donald Trump as the nominee, and a full three-quarters say that's what they expect.

"The will of the people has been Donald Trump, and if the party won't support him, they are not supporting the will of the people," Bryan Ottalini, a 59-year-old Trump supporter from Georgia, told the Times in a follow-up interview. "I think it would be a definite deal killer for me as far as being a Republican. I would never vote Republican again." Nearly 9 in 10 Republicans agreed that a contested convention would be bad for the party.

But voters were unnerved when it came to the recent bout of violence at Trump's rallies across the country. Sixty-four percent of all voters surveyed said they disapproved of how Trump handled the incidents, but they couldn't quite agree on who to blame: 29 percent blamed protesters, 23 percent blamed Trump supporters, and 43 percent blame both equally.

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Poll says most Republicans feel embarrassed by this year's presidential campaign
Protesters disrupta rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump describes how he was ready to punch a person who rushed the stage during an election rally earlier in the day, as he speaks to a crowd in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Protestors interrupt as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: People cheer as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks out to speak during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump watches as an anti-Trump demonstrator holds up a sign reading: Who Would Jesus Deport, at a Trump election rally in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Demonstrators wave signs as they interrupt an election rally of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Demonstrators disrupt an election rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Protestors interrupt as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: A protestor is removed as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A protester yells at police outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Christopher Smith/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
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On the whole Democrats were more likely to see this year's election in a positive light. Of the 388 Democratic voters surveyed, 82 percent have a favorable opinion of their party, and all but a small portion see their party as unified. But they do entertain doubts about Hillary Clinton, their party's front-runner — 40 percent of Democratic voters don't see her as "honest and trustworthy," and she's viewed unfavorably by 52 percent of all voters. What's more 56 percent of voters said they'd enthusiastically support Sanders if he became the nominee, while only 40 percent said the same for Clinton.

It's rare, but not unprecedented, to have two front-runners who are so disliked. Perhaps both Trump and Clinton should take a lesson from our current president, whose approval ratings are at a three-year high because America evidently doesn't know what it's got 'til it's gone.

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