- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There’s a narrative — driven by the mainstream media (which completely got this election wrong) that President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters consist of largely racist, bigoted, xenophobic, poor, white males.

Exit polls paint a different picture.

Mr. Trump won 81 percent of the evangelical and conservative vote, according to polling by Edison Research. He won a higher percentage of the Hispanic vote than former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney did in 2012 — 29 percent compared to 27 percent, respectively. With African-Americans, exit polls show Mr. Trump received 8 percent support compared to Mr. Romney’s 6 percent.

Women also rallied to Mr. Trump’s side — more so than any poll prior to the election predicted. Mr. Trump won with women by 42 percent, trailing Hillary Clinton by only 12 points, a much slimmer margin than the 20-plus percentage point difference many surveys showed. In 24 states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida, Mrs. Clinton lost the non-college educated white woman to Mr. Trump.

Mrs. Clinton won those households making less than $30,000 a year and up to $49,999, exit polling shows. But she lost all other income brackets, from $49,999 a year to more than $250,000, to Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump dominated the rural areas of America, but he also won the suburbs. Mr. Trump won 50 percent of the vote outside the large cities, compared to Mrs. Clinton’s 45 percent.

Yes, Mr. Trump swept the non-college educated vote, but he also won by a 52 percent to 43 percent margin of those with some college or an associate degree. He narrowly lost college graduate, 45 percent to Mrs. Clinton’s 49 percent. A respectable margin.

The media blasted Mr. Trump for tapping into this nation’s discontent, despite surveys showing more than 70 percent of Americans thought this nation was on the wrong track, and were concerned their children wouldn’t have as good a life as they had. Mr. Trump wasn’t sowing hatred, he was simply tapping into a belief that was already there.

Sixty-nine percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters said the country was seriously off track, and 79 percent said the condition of the nation’s economy was poor. When asked what they expect for the next generation of Americans, 63 percent said “worse than life today,” and 77 percent were “angry” about how the federal government is working.

Eighty-three percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters said the most important candidate quality “can bring needed change,” compared to 14 percent of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters.

And there you have it. Mr. Trump’s coalition was one based on change, that built on Mr. Romney’s 2012 numbers. There was nothing racist or bigoted about it.

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