The following is an excerpt from STANLEY FELDMAN AND MELISSA HERRMANN | March 2, 2016 | CBSNews.com |
Republican voters in the nine primary states voting Super Tuesday were unhappy with the way the federal government is working, and very worried about the direction of the nation's economy according to voters who were interviewed in the CBS News exit polls. More than half said they felt betrayed by Republican politicians and would like the next president to be from outside the political establishment. Large majorities support a temporary ban on non-citizen Muslims entering the U.S.
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However, there is disagreement about the best way to deal with illegal immigrants with roughly equal numbers wanting them deported or offered a path to legal status. Voters were also split on the most important issue facing the country, with large numbers saying the economy and jobs, terrorism, and government spending.
Why Trump did well
Donald Trump continues to draw substantial support from the most disaffected Republican voters and those who want to close the U.S. borders. Between 60 and 80 percent of Republican voters support a call for a temporary ban on non-citizen Muslim entry into the U.S. and Trump won 40 to 55 percent of their support across the primary states. Somewhat fewer voters want to deport all of the illegal immigrants working in the U.S. On average, Trump gained almost half of these voters.
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