A personal favorite moment during the Trump campaign was after his victories on the second Super Tuesday. During his victory speech he confessed “It’s, like, incredible, you explain it to me, because I can’t. My numbers went up. I don’t understand it. Nobody understands it.”
For members of the mainstream media it may be a mystery, but it’s really no mystery to “the folks.” He’s popular because he says what people are saying to themselves (and that’s a lot different from what those in the media would like to hear).
As Morning Consult reports, Trump’s counter-terrorism policies are extremely popular, despite being ridiculed as fringe and extreme.
In a national survey taken from March 24 to March 26, 50 percent of voters polled support a temporary ban on all Muslims traveling to the United States. The support for a ban doesn’t break along party lines as neatly as one might have thought. About one-third of likely Democratic voters (34 percent) support the ban, along with 71 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of independents.
Perhaps that’s part of the reason why 20 percent of Democrats say they would defect for Trump.
The travel ban, an idea originally raised by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump after the San Bernardino attacks and reiterated following the coordinated efforts in Belgium, is most popular among the real estate mogul’s backers, at 84 percent. But 65 percent of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s supporters and 48 percent of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s supporters also favor such a ban.
On the Democratic side, 37 percent of Hillary Clinton supporter’s agree with the travel ban, compared with 27 percent of voters who plan to cast their ballots for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
And as for opinions on torture (Trump’s position being that he’d bring back “much worse things than waterboarding”):
Almost half of American voters want the federal government to do whatever it takes to stop the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Forty-five percent of respondents said the United States needs “to stop tying its hands and start using enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, against suspected terrorists in order to defeat ISIS.” About one-third (34 percent) said the opposite.
The media mistakenly thought that by reporting on comments from Trump they perceive to be radical, they could squash his campaign. Instead, they’ve done more to contribute to his rise than he could’ve hoped.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]