In case anyone was wondering, Donald Trump’s supporters are not exactly the most tolerant people in America.
This fact was further proven – you know, besides commentary by Trump himself – by data from new public opinion surveys compiled by The New York Times. Featuring responses from exit poll data and January polls by YouGov/Economist and Public Policy Polling, the resulting percentages point to Trump championing a group of voters who have prejudiced ideas.
“The results suggest how 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,” the report reads.
The numbers present a very worrisome set of ideals from the Republican presidential hopeful’s voters. In a Public Policy Polling survey, a third of Trump’s supporters in South Carolina support barring gays and lesbians from entering the country, and 70 percent wish the Confederate flag was still being flown at their statehouse. YouGov data shows that a third of Trump’s backers believe the Japanese internment during World War II was a good idea, while a striking 20 percent disagreed with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – yes, the one that freed slaves.
On Tuesday (Feb. 23), Trump grasped a 45.9 percent Nevada caucus win, after which he said, “We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We’re the smartest people, we’re the most loyal people.”
He also took to Twitter to vow to accomplish the feat Mitt Romney attempted in 2012:
I’m going to do what @MittRomney was totally unable to do- WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016