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NYT: Trump Support Wide and Deep and Growing Among Conservatives

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By    |   Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 05:42 PM

Donald Trump has put together a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that is long on style and little on depth, The New York Times reports, but the combination has him winning polls and scoring well with diverse groups of voters.

The billionaire businessman has "built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides," the Times said in its Saturday report. "In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates."

Trump's approach has drawn support from women, conservatives, mainstream Republicans — even evangelical Christians. Many have told the Times that they appreciate the developer's candor, ability to get things done and disdain for political correctness.

The report calls it "Trumpism" — which "the data and interviews suggest, is an attitude, not an ideology."

But that's more than enough for Jan Mannarino, 65, a retired teacher in Green Oak Township, Mich. She drove an hour to attend a Trump rally in the Wolverine State earlier this month.

"Even if he doesn’t win, he’s teaching other politicians to stop being politicians," Mannarino told the Times in an interview. "He comes on strong.

"He could say it gently," she added. "But I think no one would listen."

Likewise for Tom Krzyminski, 66, a hairstylist from Bay City, Mich., despite Trump's lack of government experience.

"We don’t need a politician for president; we need a businessman," he told the Times. "That’s what we need to get us out of the mess we’re in."

Lisa Carey, 51, of Greenfield, N.H., is not bothered by Trump's outspokenness.

"As inappropriate as some of his comments are, I think it's stuff that a lot of people are thinking but afraid to say," she told the Times. "And I’m a woman."

And Trump's wealth has Maureen Colcord sold.

"He doesn’t need anybody's money," said Colcord, 60, a clinical dietitian from Derry, N.H.

The Times reviewed of nine nonpartisan national polls and other surveys in early nominating states, all of which show Trump far ahead of its 16 other GOP rivals.

The report also includes analysis of a survey specifically targeting registered voters — with their voting histories and party affiliation verified — who identify as Republicans.

This differs from most surveys, which only poll registered adults who may not be regular, steady voters.

Those results placed Trump's support at 16 percent, but still far ahead of his closest challengers: retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, with 11 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent.

The survey, conducted by landline telephones only Aug. 10-19, included 757 Republican-leaning respondents, "considerably more than other polls of the Republican presidential field," the Times reports.

The margin of error was 4 percent.

"In reality, his real support is less than what we see in the polling today," Masahiko Aida, the survey's lead scientist, told the Times.

That's just fine, however, for Norman Kas-mikha, 41, a grocer from Shelby Township, Mich., whom the Times described as an "irregular" GOP voter.

"Right now, I don’t have a second choice," Kas-mikha said. "They all blend in to me. It’s Donald Trump — and everyone else.

"My second choice," he told the Times, "might be staying at home."

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Donald Trump has put together a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that is long on style and little on depth, The New York Times reports, but the combination has him winning polls and scoring well with diverse groups of voters. The billionaire businessman...
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