UPDATE: Trump has won the South Carolina primary.
In examining the Donald Trump phenomenon, it is hard to tell whether the presidential candidate’s bigoted and outrageous rhetoric is the symptom or the disease. Who can possibly support a candidate with such outrageous comments, and such terrible ideas? Thanks to a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) South Carolina poll, we get a picture of some of these supporters, and frankly, it’s shocking.
As PPP itself noted: “Trump’s support in South Carolina is built on a base of voters among whom religious and racial intolerance pervades.”
No kidding. Among beliefs that really jump out:
- 38% say they wish the South had won the Civil War, while only 24% are glad the North won and 38% aren’t sure.
- 70% think the Confederate flag should still be flying over the State Capital.
- 80/9 support his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.
- 62/23 support creating a national database of Muslims
- 40/36 support for shutting down all the mosques in the United States, something no one else’s voters back.
- 33% of Trump voters think the practice of Islam should be illegal in the United States
- 32% of Trump voters continue to believe the policy of Japanese internment during World War II was a good one
- 31% would support a ban on homosexuals entering the United States
It’s also worth noting that these results track closely with exit polling from the New Hampshire primary which found that two-thirds of Republican voters there said they support Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. These are the people Trump is speaking to.