Skip to comments.The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter
Posted on 01/18/2016 8:47:32 PM PST by Another Post-American
f I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? Theyâre white? Theyâre poor? Theyâre uneducated?
Youâd be wrong.
In fact, Iâve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trumpâand itâs not race, income or education levels: Itâs authoritarianism.
Thatâs right, Trumpâs electoral strengthâand his staying powerâhave been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, itâs very possible that Trumpâs fan base will continue to grow.
My finding is the result of a national poll I conducted in the last five days of December under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sampling 1,800 registered voters across the country and the political spectrum. Running a standard statistical analysis, I found that education, income, gender, age, ideology and religiosity had no significant bearing on a Republican voterâs preferred candidate. Only two of the variables I looked at were statistically significant: authoritarianism, followed by fear of terrorism, though the former was far more significant than the latter.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-2016-authoritarian-213533#ixzz3xf7hJoqW
I do find some of the commentary in the article a bit goofy/biased, given the overt statism of Democrat policies for decades and their obvious tie to authoritarianism. But nonetheless I think the core finding here is valid.
It suits me.
Yup, the Obama robots like big govt authoritarians and now the Trump cultists like the same big govt authoritarianism ( deals )
Same hero worshipping mentality, same disregard of evidence and facts.
Sad to see so many on this conservative site fall for the dog and pony show.
But, hey, it will be great according to the Donald.
Shut up and do what I tell you.
Vote for Trump! :-)
This helps with those weird characters:
That one in the spot light... He don’t look right to me... put up against THE WALL!
Ah, “authoritarianism” - the mythical concept made popular by leftwingers after WWII to explain why so many Germans became Nazis.....
I’m just looking for an adult to take charge. Cruz or Trump
Coming from a shyster, I am sure it is interesting.
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That was completely uncalled for.
“I simply LOATHE Wash, D.C.”
How about that?
Obama and his Executive Orders aren’t authoritarian?
I saw this a few times today, and think there is some merit in it. I might say this could be true of Obama supporters, although I think he is only authoritative with law abiding, tax paying U.S. citizens.
Now Cruzbots are pulling a the ‘Authoritarian’ card, or in other words., “you’re a Nazi’’. Well, BIOYA
Authoritarian as in “enforcing immigration law”? What a revelation!
They don’t believe in Post-America.
You are correct that it is one big dog and pony show.
Trump knows exactly what the people want to hear. He will be a disaster as a President.
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