Crazy stuff Trump voters (say they) believe

PPP, as they will, has plenty of questions to make Republicans look bad in their latest poll.  To wit:

A couple other findings related to the vote in this year’s election:

-40% of Trump voters insist that he won the national popular vote to only 49% who grant that Clinton won it and 11% who aren’t sure.

-Only 53% of Trump voters think that California’s votes should be allowed to count in the national popular vote. 29% don’t think they should be allowed to count, and another 18% are unsure.

There’s been a lot of attention to the way fake news has spread and been believed especially by Trump supporters and that’s borne out in our polling:

-73% of Trump voters think that George Soros is paying protesters against Trump to only 6% who think that’s not true, and 21% who aren’t sure one way or the other. (I personally had to explain to my Grandmother that this wasn’t true a few weeks ag0 after someone sent her an e-mail about it.)

-14% of Trump supporters think Hillary Clinton is connected to a child sex ring run out of a Washington DC pizzeria. Another 32% aren’t sure one way or another, much as the North Carolinian who went to Washington to check it out last weekend said was the case for him. Only 54% of Trump voters expressly say they don’t think #Pizzagate is real.

There’s also been a lot of discussion recently about how we might be in a post-fact world and we see some evidence of that coming through in our polling:

-67% of Trump voters say that unemployment increased during the Obama administration, to only 20% who say it decreased.

-Only 41% of Trump voters say that the stock market went up during the Obama administration. 39% say it went down, and another 19% say they’re not sure.

Now, I suspect a lot of these numbers would come down considerably if there was the follow-up question, “really?”  I think, to some degree, some partisans answer even absurd questions with what they think is the appropriate party-line answer.  But any way you look at it, this is not a good look for Republicans.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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