For GOP Voters, a Winding Path to a Trump Nomination
Over the course of the GOP primaries, a majority of Republican voters changed their minds about who they preferred for president at least once.
2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction
As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters’ impressions of the presidential campaign and the choices they face in November.
Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016
The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.
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On most issues, Sanders primary supporters further from GOP voters than Clinton backers
On nearly all issues where Clinton’s and Sanders’ backers diverged, they did so because Sanders’ supporters were more to the left of Clinton’s and further away from the opinions of GOP voters.
Democratic voters and the road to nominating Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton led the field for the Democratic nomination from the beginning of the campaign in early 2015 on her road to becoming the party’s nominee.
In Clinton’s March to Nomination, Many Democrats Changed Their Minds
Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in every Pew Research Center survey conducted throughout the party’s primaries. But many Democratic voters vacillated in their candidate support throughout this period.
The growing Democratic domination of nation’s largest counties
In 2008, Barack Obama won 88 of the 100 largest U.S. counties; four years later he won 86 of them. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won more than a third of the 100 biggest counties was 1988.
Churchgoing Republicans, once skeptical of Trump, now support him
Evangelicals and churchgoing Republicans were initially skeptical of Trump, but their support for him has now firmed up.
Candidates’ social media outpaces their websites and emails as an online campaign news source
A quarter of U.S. adults (24%) turn to social media posts from either the Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump campaigns as a way of keeping up with the election, while 10% turn to their websites and 9% turn to emails.
Sharp differences over who is hurt, helped by their race
Blacks and whites differ on the extent to which a person’s race can be a burden or a benefit. For blacks, the answer is clear: 65% say “it is a lot more difficult to be black in this country than it is to be white.” Fewer than half as many whites (27%) agree.
Republican voters’ path to backing Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s rise to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee followed a lengthy primary campaign.
Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News
Today’s presidential candidates are increasingly prioritizing social media outreach, while the role of campaign websites is shifting.
Voters’ Perceptions of the Candidates: Traits, Ideology and Impact on Issues
Few voters ‘check the box’ on positive descriptions of candidates.