Today’s (9/12/16) Washington Post’s Opinion piece by Sargent indicates that the American public agree with Mrs. comments about Mr. Trump’s followers:
“But the new Post/ABC News poll released over the weekend raises questions about whether Clinton’s remarks were really a political mistake. If Clinton’s goal was to force a public discussion of Trump’s bigotry and chauvinism, well, the Post poll finds that a large majority of Americans agree with her that Trump is biased against women and minorities, including among the voter groups that Trump needs to improve among in order to win.”
“Other polls have showed similar findings. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that large majorities of American voters overall and college educated whites in particular think “the way Trump talks appeals to bigotry,” which suggests they think he’s running a bigoted campaign.”
“But Clinton’s underlying case — that Trump is running a campaign fueled in part by bigoted appeals, and in the process, he is mainstreaming fringe sentiments — is simply inarguable. And forcing a public discussion of that aspect of her argument in particular isn’t necessarily a political loser for her.”
The source for the following data is from the 2/23/16 NY Times article by Linda Vavreck, “Measuring DT Supporters For Intolerance:”
“New data from YouGov and Public Policy Polling show the extent to which he has tapped into a set of deeply rooted racial attitudes. But first, two caveats about these data are worth bearing in mind. The national YouGov survey was done near the middle of January, before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. Public Policy Polling is a company aligned with the Democratic Party, and some of its results over the years have been suspected of bias. Taken by itself, its conclusions could be doubted. Taken with the YouGov and exit poll data, however, these three surveys can give us a better idea of Mr. Trump’s backers.”
“Mr. Trump’s support among those who say they support a temporary ban on Muslim entry into the United States — a notion Mr. Trump first advanced in December — is significant. He won more than twice as many supporters of the ban in South Carolina as any other candidate. Voters often echo the things candidates say on the campaign trail, so that level may not be revelatory.” Exit polls showed that Donald Trump won 47% of voters who said they wanted undocumented immigrants deported immediately.”
“Possibly more surprising are the attitudes of Mr. Trump’s supporters on things that he has not talked very much about on the campaign trail. 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 P.P.P. poll asked voters if they thought whites were a superior race. Most Republican primary voters in South Carolina — 78 percent — disagreed with this idea (10 percent agreed and 11 percent weren’t sure). But among Mr. Trump’s supporters, only 69 percent disagreed. Mr. Carson’s voters were the most opposed to the notion (99 percent), followed by Mr. Kasich and Mr. Cruz’s supporters at 92 and 89 percent. Mr. Rubio’s backers were close to the average level of disagreement (76 percent).”
“According to P.P.P., 70 percent of Mr. Trump’s voters in South Carolina wish the Confederate battle flag were still flying on their statehouse grounds. (It was removed last summer less than a month after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston.) The polling firm says that 38 percent of them wish the South had won the Civil War. Only a quarter of Mr. Rubio’s supporters share that wish, and even fewer of Mr. Kasich’s and Mr. Carson’s do.”
“Nationally, further analyses of the YouGov data show a similar trend: Nearly 20 percent of Trump’s voters disagreed with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation , which freed slaves in the Southern states during the Civil War. Only 5 percent of Mr. Rubio’s voters share this view. /Data from Public Policy Polling show that a third of Mr. Trump’s backers in South Carolina support barring gays and lesbians from entering the country. This is nearly twice the support for this idea (17 percent) among Ted Cruz’s and Marco Rubio’s voters and nearly five times the support of John Kasich’s and Ben Carson’s supporters (7 percent).”
“Similarly, YouGov data reveal that a third of Mr. Trump’s (and Mr. Cruz’s) backers believe that Japanese internment during World War II was a good idea, while roughly 10 percent of Mr. Rubio’s and Mr. Kasich’s supporters do. Mr. Trump’s coalition is also more likely to disagree with the desegregation of the military (which was ordered in 1948 by Harry Truman) than other candidates’ supporters are Mr. Trump’s popularity with white, working-class voters who are more likely than other Republicans to believe that whites are a supreme race and who long for the Confederacy may make him unpopular among leaders in his party.”
“Mr. Trump has invigorated explicit appeals to ethnocentrism and some voters are responding.”
Dear Media, Why are you avoiding adding context to your stories about Hillary Clinton’s gaffe over specifically referring to half of Mr. Trump’s supporters as being a group of “deplorables” of racists and other xxxisms? While this statement may not have been a politically smart move, there is a factual basis for Mrs. Clinton’s comments.
Yes, half of Trump supporters are racist – The Washington Post 12 hours ago/ Clinton’s infelicitous “basket of deplorables” phrase, … Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital.