Who Voted for Trump
There’s a reason I studied political science when I was in undergrad… I’m way too fascinated by it. So, I can’t help but look at polling data and try drawing conclusions from it. Mostly, I’m wondering who would actually vote for Trump. So, based on the exit polls that we have (via CNN), here’s what the typical Trump voter would look like :
A married white man, over the age of 45, with no college degree and income over $50,000. This Trump voter is more likely to attend religious services at least weekly, be Christian (or Catholic), be a veteran, and come from a non-union house. He also is more likely to live in a rural area, be in a worse financial situation today than he was four years ago, and believes that the next generation of Americans will be worse off than today.
I don’t have the math skills or time to do all the necessary cross tabulations to figure out just how many of these mythical Trump voters exist, but the highest vote totals for Trump came from these groups - particularly those who are worse off financially than they were 4 years ago (78% who were worse off voted for Trump, in total 27% are worse off; of those who are about the same (41% overall) the vote was split 46-46) and white men (who made up 34% of the population went 63% for Trump, that number jumps to 72% among white men without a college education).