Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the most hated presidential candidates in history. This much we have known for some time.
FiveThirtyEight has a great chart plotting the fact that the American people "don't just like or dislike the candidates, they really like or dislike them."
Trump, predictably, is in the stratosphere comparatively when it comes to strong unfavorable ratings, clocking in at 53 percent. Clinton is less disliked, with 37 percent of voters having strong unfavorable feelings toward her.
The next most disliked candidate in the chart, which dates back to 1980 and includes only nominees for the two major parties, is George W. Bush, at 32 percent in 2004.
But there's something interesting about this chart that people seem to be missing in their rush to scream "See how much people hate Trump!": Since 1984, the candidate with the higher strong unfavorable rating has won. Ronald Reagan was more strongly disliked than Walter Mondale; George H. W. Bush was more strongly disliked than Michael Dukakis; Bill Clinton was more strongly disliked than Bob Dole; George W. Bush was more strongly disliked than John Kerry; Barack Obama was more strongly disliked than John McCain and Mitt Romney.
There have only been two occasions where the more disliked person lost: In 1992 and 2000. George H. W. Bush had higher strong unfavorable ratings but lost to Bill Clinton and Al Gore had higher strong unfavorable than George W. Bush but lost.
So if we were to look at the graph in that context, Trump could win even though he has higher strong unfavorable ratings than anyone in history, ratings that are higher than Hillary's.
Trump supporters shouldn't get too excited about this potential, however. FiveThirtyEight also plotted the candidates' net strong favorability ratings, which subtracts the "strongly unfavorable" from the "strongly favorable." In that case, the candidate with the higher net strong favorability ratings (even if they were still negative) won in every contest except one — H.W. Bush versus Dukakis in 1988.
Using this metric, Hillary would win because even though her net strong favorability is -20 percent, Trump's is -41.
But let me add a bit of context to the charts that are making their way through social media. They, as with most statistics at this point in the campaign, are mostly meaningless, perhaps more so because 2016 continues to buck historical trends. So, to sum up: LOL nothing matters.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.