Demographics of Donald Trump Supporters

UPDATED April 1, 2016

February 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2016—Donald Trump’s unexpected rise and hold of the top spot in the 2016 presidential Republican field has surprised many. There have been countless analyses regarding where Trump is getting support and who his supporters are. According to several polls Trump supporters are slightly older, less educated, and earn a little less than the average Republican. Following is a breakdown of just who supports Trump:


42% of Trump supporters are female (MSNBC poll)

58% male (MSNBC poll)


2% are under 30 (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)

14% are between the ages of 30 and 44 (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)

About 50% are between the ages of 45 and 64 (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)

34% are 65 and over (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)


91% White (MSNBC poll)


33% earn under $50K (MSNBC poll)

72% earn under $100K (MSNBC poll)

28% earn over $100K (MSNBC poll) / 11% earn over $100K (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)


43% have a high school degree or less (MSNBC poll)

19% have a college or postgraduate degree (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)


65% describe themselves as “conservative” (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)

20% describe themselves as “liberal” or “moderate” (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)

13% describe themselves as “very conservative” (Real Clear Politics, YouGov)


32% involved with the Tea Party movement (Public Policy Polling)


82% support Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., compared to 54% of Republicans (Public Policy Polling)

64% believe that U.S. Muslims should be subject to more scrutiny (Pew Research Center)

66% believe President Obama is a Muslim (Public Policy Polling)

61% think President Obama was not born in the US (Public Policy Polling)

41% are in favor of bombing Agrabah, the fictional country from Aladdin (Public Policy Polling)

69% believe that immigrants are a burden on our country (Pew Research Center)


53% say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases (Pew Research Center)


75% believe that, compared to 50 years ago, life for people like them is worse (Pew Research Center)

48% rate their current economic condition as “poor”, compared to 33% or less of supporters of any other candidate (Pew Research Center)

50% are angry with the government, compared to 35% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters (Pew Research Center)


73% believe that Social Security benefits should not be reduced, compared to 71% of all voters (Pew Research Center)

14% believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has healthcare (Pew Research Center)

27% believe that free trade is good for the U.S. (Pew Research Center)

Trump supporters in South Carolina by ideology

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows that the Republican frontrunner’s base in South Carolina is more intolerant of race and religious differences than average Republicans.

The poll included 897 likely Republican South Carolina primary voters, contacted on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15. Of these, 35% said they will vote for Trump in the primary.

Following is how Trump voters answered questions regarding homosexuals, Muslims, and the American Civil War.

Homosexuals should be banned from entering the U.S.

31% support a ban

53% oppose a ban

16% not sure

Support for Trump’s proposed Muslim ban

80% support the ban

9 % oppose the ban

Support for a national Muslim database

62% support a database

23% oppose a database

Shutting down all mosques in the U.S.

40% support shutting them down

36% oppose shutting down all mosques

Islam should be illegal in the U.S.

33% believe Islam should be illegal in the U.S.

44% believe it should be legal

Japanese internment during WWII

32% it was a good idea

33% opposed

35% no opinion

Opinion on the Confederate flag

70% believe the flag should still be flying over the State Capitol

20% agree with it being taken down

Opinion on the outcome of the American Civil War

38% wish the South had won

24% are glad the North won

38% are not sure

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