You will not be surprised to learn where Trump’s support is coming from

From Greg Sargent on the latest WP/ABC poll:

In the last few weeks, Americans (and the media) have watched in awe as a New York real estate magnate prone to bellicose behavior and hyperbole has become the GOP’s leading candidate for the White House.

But how did this come to be? A lot of it has to do with education.

Trump’s support is strongest with Republicans in the Midwest, conservatives across the country who do not have a college degree and (perhaps not surprisingly) those who report the most negative views of immigration and Mexican immigrants in particular [emphasis mine], according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week.

Trump has certainly distinguished himself as the candidate willing to express outrage and horror about the nation’s immigration challenges. He has also espoused a range of demonstrably false, unproven and outright conspiratorial ideas about immigration.

I’ll refrain from snarky comments– and Sargent raises some nice points about this being the group that probably faces the most direct threat from immigration– but suffice it to say that I’m not surprised to learn that Trump’s support comes disproportionately from the less educated.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

4 Responses to You will not be surprised to learn where Trump’s support is coming from

  1. rgbact says:

    Interesting how calling white people “less educated” is so popular among the Left, but if a Righty did it it would be racist. Who do the “less educated” Democrats support?I hear “less educated” peoples vote actually counts.

    • Steve Greene says:

      I’m not calling white people “less educated.” I’m calling the white people who support Donald Trump less educated than white Republicans who don’t support Donald Trump.

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    Did you notice how Trump used a type of humor to keep his audience interested in what he says?
    His “speeches” are like listening to a would-be late night comedian working on his opening monologue.

  3. ohwilleke says:

    There is no way that immigration’s economic impact on working class men in the labor force is greatest in the Midwest, or for that matter the South. Outsourcing maybe, but not immigration. Xenophobia is like extortion. The threat is what drives people, not the ultimate reality when the feared thing actually happens.

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