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Mass. Researcher Says Best Predictor Of Trump Support Is Desire For Authority10:28
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club, Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club, Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
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Political pundits and researchers have worked this political season to categorize the people who support Republican front-runner Donald Trump — is it white, low-income voters? Voters with certain levels of education? Older voters? Younger ones?

According to a Massachusetts researcher, it's not a demographic that unites Trump supporters. Instead, it's a desire for authority.

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Matthew MacWilliams, founder of MacWilliams Sanders, a political communications firm. PhD candidate in political science at UMass Amherst, where he’s writing his dissertation about authoritarianism.

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Vox: The Best Predictor Of Trump Support Isn't Income, Education, Or Age. It's Authoritarianism.

  • "In the five days leading up to the South Carolina Republican primary I fielded a survey of 358 likely voters, hoping to better understand who supports Donald Trump, why, and what it may mean for the Republican presidential nominating contest."

The Washington Post: Trump: It’s ‘Ridiculous’ To Compare His Pledge To A Nazi Salute

  • "Within minutes of Donald Trump asking thousands of his supporters at a rally in Orlando on Saturday afternoon to raise their right hands and 'solemnly swear' to vote for him, the comparisons were being made."

POLITICO: Trump Cracks Down On Protesters

  • "Donald Trump’s rally here began with the candidate asking all attendees to raise their hands and take an oath to vote for him, while extended barriers cordoned off the press and plainclothes private intelligence officers scoured the crowd for protesters."

This segment aired on March 9, 2016.

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