April 5, 2016 - Deep Dissatisfaction Among U.S. Voters, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Trump Supporters Want Leader Who Ignores The Rules Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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There is a deep well of dissatisfaction among American voters who say the U.S. has lost its identity, that they are falling behind financially, that their beliefs and values are under attack and that public officials don't care what they think, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

A total of 57 percent of all voters "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" with the statement, "America has lost its identity," as 43 percent "somewhat disagree" or "strongly disagree." Among all Republicans, 79 percent agree, while only 36 percent of Democrats agree. The highest level of agreement is expressed by GOP supporters of Donald Trump, as 85 percent "agree," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Among all American voters, 57 percent agree with the statement, "I'm falling further and further behind economically," with 67 percent of all Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agreeing "strongly" or "somewhat." Trump voters stand out with 78 percent strongly agreeing.

The pattern continues as 62 percent of all voters, including 85 percent of all Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agree that their "beliefs and values are under attack." Ninety one percent of Trump backers agree, the highest of any candidate.

"Many American voters, especially Republicans, are dissatisfied with their own status and the status of the country, but by far the most dissatisfied are Donald Trump's supporters, who strongly feel that they themselves and the country are under attack," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Trump supporters are true stand-outs. They want a leader who is very different from the leader sought by other voters, explaining the mystery many see behind Trump's support," Dr. Schwartz added.

There is a wide partisan division among American voters on the statement, "The government has gone too far in assisting minority groups." Agreement is 45 percent among all voters, 72 percent among all Republicans and 18 percent among Democrats. Agreement is highest among Trump backers, 80 percent.

Agreement with the statement, "What we need is a leader who is willing to say or do anything to solve America's problems" is 53 percent among all voters, 68 percent among all Republicans and 39 percent among Democrats. Trump backers agreement is highest with 84 percent.

There is widespread agreement, 76 percent, with the statement, "Public officials don't care much what people like me think." Agreement is 84 percent among all Republicans and 68 percent among Democrats. Ninety percent of Trump supporters agree, the highest of any candidate.

There is a lower level of agreement, 64 percent, with the statement, "The old way of doing things no longer works and we need radical change." Agreement is 71 percent among all Republicans and 58 percent among Democrats. Agreement is highest among Trump supporters with 83 percent.

Among all American voters, 56 percent agree with the statement, "Leaders don't worry about what other people say; they follow their own path." Agreement is 65 percent among all Republicans, 46 percent among Democrats and 74 percent of Trump voters agree, the highest of any candidate.

From March 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,451 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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Introduction to questions 31 - 40
Now I would like to read you some statements. For each one, please tell me if this is something with which you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree.

31. America has lost its identity.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        28%     43%     38%     22%     55%     12%     10%     16%
Somewhat agree        29      36      41      39      30      24      18      29
Somewhat disagree     18      12      11      23       9      23      22      24
Strongly disagree     25       9      10      16       5      40      51      29
DK/NA                  1       1       1       -       -       1       -       2
 
 
32. I feel as though I'm falling further and further behind economically.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        28%     34%     26%     23%     46%     20%     12%     32%
Somewhat agree        29      33      36      21      32      28      26      29
Somewhat disagree     23      20      24      30      14      25      32      19
Strongly disagree     19      12      13      26       8      25      30      20
DK/NA                  1       1       1       -       -       1       -       1
 
 
33. I feel as though my beliefs and values are under attack in America these days.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        40%     65%     67%     44%     76%     17%     15%     19%
Somewhat agree        22      20      21      30      15      23      18      26
Somewhat disagree     18       8       6      12       5      26      28      24
Strongly disagree     19       6       6      13       4      34      38      31
DK/NA                  1       -       1       -       -       1       -       1
 
 
34. The government has gone too far in assisting minority groups.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        25%     43%     41%     20%     55%      8%      6%      9%
Somewhat agree        20      29      35      29      25      10       9      10
Somewhat disagree     21      18      13      35      11      24      26      23
Strongly disagree     32       6       6      14       5      57      59      56
DK/NA                  3       3       5       1       4       1       -       2
 
 
35. Public officials don't care much what people like me think.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        45%     54%     42%     38%     66%     34%     29%     40%
Somewhat agree        31      30      37      37      24      34      32      35
Somewhat disagree     16      11      14      16       7      21      24      17
Strongly disagree      7       4       4       9       3      10      13       8
DK/NA                  1       1       3       -       1       1       1       -
 
 
36. What we need is a leader who is willing to say or do anything to solve America's problems.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        27%     36%     24%     21%     54%     19%     20%     17%
Somewhat agree        26      32      32      27      30      20      17      25
Somewhat disagree     22      18      21      33       9      26      25      28
Strongly disagree     23      11      20      18       4      34      37      29
DK/NA                  2       3       3       2       3       1       1       2
 
 
37. The old way of doing things no longer works and we need radical change.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        33%     40%     32%     24%     55%     26%     14%     41%
Somewhat agree        31      31      28      30      28      32      31      35
Somewhat disagree     21      17      19      32       8      25      31      14
Strongly disagree     13      10      16      14       7      16      22       9
DK/NA                  2       2       5       -       2       2       2       1
 
 
38. My candidate is leading a movement, not just a campaign.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        37%     41%     29%     20%     62%     36%     26%     56%
Somewhat agree        32      33      44      25      28      34      37      26
Somewhat disagree     15      15      18      32       5      16      22       9
Strongly disagree      8       5       3      16       2       9      12       5
DK/NA                  8       7       6       7       3       6       3       4
 
 
39. America needs a powerful political leader that will save us from the problems we face.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        54%     67%     56%     52%     83%     45%     45%     43%
Somewhat agree        26      22      27      30      13      29      29      32
Somewhat disagree     11       6       9       8       2      16      14      18
Strongly disagree      7       4       6      10       -       9      11       5
DK/NA                  2       1       3       -       1       1       1       2
 
 
40. Leaders don't worry about what other people say, they follow their own path.
                      REGISTERED VOTERS..................................................
                              REPUBLICANS/REP LEANER.......   DEMOCRATS/DEM LEANER.......
                                      CANDIDATE OF CHOICE..           CANDIDATE OF CHOICE
                      Tot     Tot     Cruz    Kasich  Trump   Tot     Clinton Sanders
 
Strongly agree        27%     35%     29%     18%     44%     19%     18%     18%
Somewhat agree        29      30      33      30      30      27      23      31
Somewhat disagree     25      20      24      26      15      30      35      26
Strongly disagree     18      13      11      25       9      23      23      24
DK/NA                  1       2       3       1       1       1       1       1
 
 

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