Report: 20% Trump Voters Disapprove Of Lincoln’s Freeing Slaves

A recent YouGov survey claims that Trump supporters were disproportionately more likely to disagree with the Emancipation Proclamation.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

The New York Times recently reported a survey to see if, as they put it, Trump supporters were more "responsive to religious, social and racial intolerance." The report shows “the extent to which he has tapped into a set of deeply rooted racial attitudes.” The most alarming statistic the data showed was that nearly one in five Trump supporters didn't approve of freeing slaves in the Confederacy.

The report was published in a YouGov and Economist poll in January in which they asked respondents if they approved or disapproved of "the executive order that freed all slaves in the states that were in rebellion against the federal government."

Nearly 20 percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters disagreed with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the South during the Civil War. Only 5 percent of Marco Rubio’s supporters had the same opinion. An additional 17 percent of Trump supporters said they weren't sure.

The YouGov data also revealed that a third of Mr. Trump’s backers believe that Japanese internment during World War II was a good idea. In comparison, only 10 percent of Marco Rubio and John Kasich’s supporters believe the same thing. Data also showed that Trump’s supporters are likely to disagree with the desegregation of the military than other candidates’ supporters are.

According to the demographics coming out of the Nevada caucus, Donald Trump’s supporters are reportedly comprised of white working class people. The New York Times points out that Trump has, “reinvigorated explicit appeals to ethnocentrism, and some voters are responding.” The anti-establishment candidate has tapped into white middle class discontent.

According to exit poll data from the South Carolina primary, nearly half the Republicans who voted on Saturday wanted undocumented immigrants to be immediately deported. 47 percent of those voters supported Donald Trump.

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