From RAND’s Presidential Election Panel Survey:
Among people likely to vote in the Republican primary, people are 86.5 percent more likely to prefer Donald Trump as the first-choice nominee relative to all the others if they “somewhat” or “strongly agree” that “people like me don’t have any say about what the government does.” Using statistical techniques, we can conclude that this increased preference for Trump is over and beyond any preferences based on respondent gender, age, race/ethnicity, employment status, educational attainment, household income, attitudes towards Muslims, attitudes towards illegal immigrants, or attitudes towards Hispanics.
The role of “people like me don’t have any say…” is not significantly related to preference for Cruz, Rubio, Clinton, or Sanders as the first choice for party nominee…
So the endless conspiracy driven meta-narrative so common around here in previous years (and still all too prevalent among the commentariat)? As cautioned by some of us, it’s corrosive and it has real political costs. ~ JPD
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