Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and former President Barack Obama were political rivals in 2012, but some of their supporters stood on common ground in 2020: They voted for Donald J. Trump.
In doing so, former supporters of Romney and Obama converged in a Venn diagram of shared ideology that is revealed in a new survey of 1,000 Trump voters. At its center is the belief that America is the greatest country in the world, but its founding principles are under attack.
The report says that these and other “cultural cues” united Trump voters, even when they supported ideologically distant candidates in the past. And it showed that Trump’s support comes from a more diverse population than commonly believed, said Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., which sponsored the poll.
“Trump voters are typically thought of as hardcore conservatives and evangelical Christians with a strong white, blue-collar vibe. These…
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