“I think that there are a number of things at play, crosscurrents, if you will,” said Jodie Interior, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign. Even though Trump almost assuredly never cared about, for instance, displaced factory workers, some turned to him in 2016 and again in 2020 because they thought he did.
“Despite his deviations from Republican orthodoxy on spending and trade and his stylistic differences with candidates of the recent past like McCain or Romney, the party just went along with it and defended him and his agenda because the alternative was Democratic rule.” “Opponents of Trump find it hard to imagine, but to most Republicans, he’s just the party leader,” Hatpin added.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Hatpin added, “isn’t winning these voters outright but has cut the margins and improved significantly from Hillary Clinton’s position in 2016. … While Trump attempts to drive up the enthusiasm of his voters, Biden is also doing the same while simultaneously cutting into Trump ’s past voters and doing much better with groups like seniors who vote in high numbers.” And that did end up in a winning coalition for Biden.
“In contradiction to unscientific polling released by another entity, this survey shows Biden holding a substantial lead among LGBTQ+ voters of all sexual orientations and gender identities, including those who identify as gay men,” says a Pathfinder memo that accompanied the poll results. As Interior pointed out, although Trump ’s base finds a variety of reasons to support him, some segments of the population have never bought in.
In an article in the Los Angeles Times that same year, former diplomat Dave Seminary suggested this was because young black men in the US “often compete with recent immigrants for low-skilled jobs”. In their recent book Steadfast Democrats, Ismail White and Cheryl Laird suggested the reason black voters have so consistently voted Democrat in the past was not because of a unified ideology, but because of “social pressure from other black voters”.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson also voiced the frustration of black voters with the Democrats, when he told US broadcaster CNBC: “I think black Americans are getting a little tired of delivering huge votes for the Democrats, and seeing minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, job creation and job opportunities. Fullwood tells BBC News that although most black voters he spoke to for the Black Swing Voters Project overwhelmingly believed President Trump was “racist” and “incompetent”, they also admired how he “shows strength and defies the establishment”.
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Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks. Although analyses and studies by psychologists and neuroscientist have provided many thought-provoking explanations for his enduring support, the accounts of different experts often vary greatly, sometimes overlapping and other times conflicting.
However insightful these critiques may be, it is apparent that more research and examination is needed to hone in on the exact psychological and social factors underlying this peculiar human behavior. Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.
Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward out group members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. President Trump ’s speeches, which include absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those who prefer authoritarianism.
While research showed that Republican voters in the U.S. scored higher than Democrats on measures of authoritarianism before Trump emerged on the political scene, a 2016 Politico survey found that high authoritarians greatly favored then-candidate Trump, which led to a correct prediction that he would win the election, despite the polls saying otherwise. A 2016 survey study of 406 American adults published this year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were those who intended to vote for Trump in the election.
There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump ’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans.
For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.
These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to.