WASHINGTON (AP) - The bruising primary battle appears to be souring many backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on the rival candidate.
An Associated Press-Yahoo poll that's tracked the same 2,000 Democrats since November finds they increasingly dislike the contender they're not supporting, raising questions about whether the party can unify before the general election.
Obama supporters with negative views of Clinton have grown from 35 percent in November to 44 percent this month. As for Clinton supporters, those with unfavorable views of Obama have grown from 26 percent to 42 percent during the same period.
Though many in both camps are still undecided, Obama followers who don't like Clinton say they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain over her by a two-to-one margin. The Clinton backers with unfavorable views of Obama say they would choose McCain over him by nearly three-to-one.