The Fragile Trump Coalition

In Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds., The Principles and Practice of American Politics, 7th ed. (CQ Press, 2018), Forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2017

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Betsy Sinclair

Washington University in St. Louis

Steven Smith

Washington University

Patrick Tucker

Yale University

Date Written: October 20, 2017

Abstract

In this essay, political scientists Betsy Sinclair, Steven S. Smith and Patrick D. Tucker report on the development of the Trump coalition over the primary and general election campaign season of 2016 and into the first year of his presidency. They find evidence that class, populism, and ethnocentricism played a role in support for Trump during the primary season. They also find that during his first year in office Trump’s performance was disapproved primarily by people who supported the establishment Republican candidates during the primary season. Fractures in the policy views of Republicans and varying attitudes about Trump’s personal qualities pose challenges to Trump and his party.

Keywords: American politics, Trump, public opinion, The American Panel Survey

Suggested Citation

Sinclair, Betsy and Smith, Steven and Tucker, Patrick, The Fragile Trump Coalition (October 20, 2017). In Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds., The Principles and Practice of American Politics, 7th ed. (CQ Press, 2018), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056477

Betsy Sinclair

Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Box 1208
St. Louis, MO MO 63130
United States

Steven Smith (Contact Author)

Washington University ( email )

Campus Box 1208
MO
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.wustl.edu

Patrick Tucker

Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

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