Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fear Trumps The Constitution For Many Americans

All of these charts were made from a new YouGov Poll -- done on December 9th and 10th of a random national sample of 1,000 adults, with a margin of error of 4.1 points.

I find the results of this new survey both a bit frightening and a bit confusing. The frightening part is that a plurality of Americans (45% to 41%) would support Donald Trump's plan to ban all muslims from entering the United States -- and 6 out of 9 demographic groups agree with that. Only three groups (18 to 29 year olds, Blacks, and Hispanics) have more people opposing that supporting Trump's plan.

The confusing part is that less than a third of Americans (31% to 45%) think that banning muslims from entering the country would be constitutional -- and all 9 demographic groups agree that it would be unconstitutional. This makes me wonder -- why would people support a plan they believe is unconstitutional (and many in this poll are clearly doing that). Are they letting their fear trump their regard for and belief in the Constitution? Why would any American do that?

The only saving grace in this survey comes with the chart below. It seems that while many Americans are willing to go along with Trump's proposal (even believing it is unconstitutional), they do not really like Donald Trump. Only 34% of Americans have a favorable view of Donald Trump, while 55% (a clear majority) have an unfavorable opinion of him -- and this unfavorable opinion is agreed to by all 9 of the demographic groups.

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