It’s clear that Trump has tapped into something with his rhetoric and is winning over voters, but who are the people supporting Donald Trump? If we are to believe the numbers, a disparate group of bigots.
The data comes from the New York Times, which crunched exit polling data and survey results from YouGove and Public Policy Polling to show that, far and away, “Mr. Trump has upended the contemporary divide in the party and built a significant part of his coalition of voters on people who are responsive to religious, social and racial intolerance.” These voters cut a swath from non-religious moderates to conservative evangelicals.
Polling showed that more than half of those who voted for Trump in the primary were in favor of deporting undocumented immigrants immediately. A whopping 74% of Trump voters said they approved of Trump’s plan to put an indefinite hold on non-American-Muslims from entering the country.
The Times also reports that Trump supporters are overwhelmingly in favor of troubling things Trump himself has not commented on.
He has said nothing about a ban on gays in the United States, the outcome of the Civil War or white supremacy. Yet on all of these topics, Mr. Trump’s supporters appear to stand out from the rest of Republican primary voters.
The data from Public Policy Polling, which the Times notes is aligned with the Democratic Party, shows that Trump has nearly double the support of voters in favor of outright banning gay and lesbian people from entering the country.
Donald Trump disagree with President Truman’s 1948 decision to desegregate the military. However, Trump supporters are in agreement that the unconstitutional internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was a good idea.
Public Policy Polling’s numbers showed that a lower number of Trump’s supporters disagreed with the idea of white supremacy than any other presidential candidate. Nearly two-fifths of Trump’s base wishes the South had won the Civil War and 70% wish the Confederate battle flag were still flying on their statehouse grounds. According to YouGov, nationally, 20% of Trump voters would not have freed the slaves after the Civil War.
Last week, The New Republic wrote about how Trump had taken the lead in the campaign, namely: the Republican Party has been chasing racist voters for years, ever since the Democrats started desegregating things or passing Civil Rights Acts. As the data shows, 2016 might be the year they get all of them.