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Interesting statistics on large block of trump supporters


Data from a number of sources (Public Policy Polling, YouGov, and MSNBC among others) show the extent to which Trump has tapped into a set of deeply rooted racial attitudes. Here is the factual data about who his supporters are and what they say they believe. They are 91 percent white, 58 percent male, 43 percent with a high school degree or less, 50 percent between 45 and 64 years old and only 2 percent under 30, with most making under $100,000 and describing themselves as "conservative" or "very conservative."

And then there are the troubling statistics: 82 percent support Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, compared to 54 percent of all Republicans who feel this way. Sixty-six percent of Trump's supporters believe President Obama is a Muslim, and 61 percent think he was not born in the U.S. Of course these statistics aren't terribly surprising given the fact that Trump, the "birther," has long led a racially motivated campaign questioning the citizenship of the first black president. All the "outsider" analysis of Trump's success that fails to use the word race misses this core of his campaign.