Just hours away from the final election results, Donald Trump faces a problem that could cost him the race; his supporters aren't vot...
Just hours away from the final election results, Donald Trump faces a problem that could cost him the race; his supporters aren't voting.
Trump is currently in a tight race with Hillary Clinton, trailing by an average of 2-3 points according to most major polls. However, outside the polls, Trump has received an overwhelming amount of support online, through forums, YouTube, and even major media. Yet, as the polls creep closer and closer, it seems more and more evident that an apparent lose for Trump is coming, but why so? How is it that a man who crushed his GOP opponents, and has received an undeniable amount of support be trailing Clinton, and even facing an evident loss. The answer lies in his supporters.
Research done at Cornell University found that their is a large amount of hidden supporters lying in the depths of Trump's campaign, however, they're "likely to stay at home" says Peter Enns. In Philadelphia, a crucial area of attack for the Trump campaign, many Republicans are having inner conflicts about actually putting Trump's name on the ballot.
Trump supporters: "Not so eager to come out"
“I just don’t need the aggravation. I don’t need anyone looking at me as a racist, sexist or bigot because I like Trump.” A Philadelphia resident going by Tom told PhillyVoice November 7th. Another man, going by the alias John said in a separate interview. "I have my family members that are too afraid to admit that they’re voting for Trump. They’re afraid that to say they want a change in this country, and don’t want to be labeled racist, or sexist. Basically, all of the things that Trump is called by his detractors. You can call it guilt by association."
It's a problem many Trump supporters are facing, and is keeping them at home on quite possibly the most important day in American politics. In an online poll our team at PoliticalOutsource.com ran today just hours before the final results come in for this 2016 Presidential Race, 40% of voters said they "support Trump, but will not go out and vote." Just over 20% said they were or already have voted for Trump, yet nearly 30% sided with another candidate. With poll numbers like these, it becomes clear that if the hidden Trump supporters that are foregoing voting this years actually caste a ballot, Trump has an actual chance at winning in a landslide.
Donald Trump attempted to lit a fire under his supporters to get out and vote by claiming the elections were "rigged", however, the tactic may have crucially backfired on him. According to PoliticalUSA, 81% of Trump supporters believe the election will be "stolen". As a direct result, Trump's numbers fell drastically. On the Democratic side, just 13% of Clinton supporters believe there is some form of "rigging" going on. It becomes clear that an overwhelming amount of potential Trump voters have been told the elections are rigged, so "really, what's the point?", questioned one online Trump supporter.
Has Trump Ever Led?
Since winning the GOP race in dramatic fashion, Trump has faced extreme political turmoil in his polling against Hillary Clinton. In fact, the Republican front-runner has only lead the Presidential bid once in an almost 3 month span, and that was just by one point in early September after Clinton's numbers fell almost five points. However, many critics of these polls claim that it doesn't accurately represent the voting field. There have been a recent surge in "hidden supporters", according to multiple resources, that claim Trump has the potential to sneak a win over Clinton. That is, if these "hidden supporters" decide to show up ... and they aren't.
We are just hours away from the 2016 Presidential election coming to an end. Most major polls have Trump and Clinton in a tight, 2-3 point race with only a few having either candidate beating the other by a landslide. It's nearly impossible to say who will really win at this point, however, it's clear that Trump's hidden supporters, or lack thereof, may cost him the election.
By Michael Marsh