Donald Trump has succeeded in garner strong support in areas where local industries have been crushed and working families have become stressed. The narrative has been Trump’s supporters have been poorer white voters from those stressed families, who have been seduced by his bombastic rhetoric.
Previously, voters across the nation with college degrees have been increasingly critical of Trump and his seemingly reckless style. He has also been unpopular nationally with those who make over $100,000 per year.
Contrarily, however, exit polls from the five northeastern states where Trump took virtually every county in each state add new dimensions to the demographic of the Trump supporter.
Exit poll results showed Trump too about half of Republican voters with college degrees and over half of Republican voters earning over $100,000 per year in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
He also won in counties in those states which are some of the richest and best educated counties in the entire country, including Fairfield County in Connecticut and Newport County in Rhode Island.
Randall Miller, professor of American politics at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, said, “On its face, it is hard to believe he’d be improving with a demographic group that has been so avers to his style, his denigrating language.”
“But I think people may have gotten used to Trump, he’s not as outrageous as he used to be,” Miller said, noting that Trump brand familiarity in the Northeast could have also been a plus for Trump.
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