Trump Finds Support in Unexpected Places, Professor McDaniel Says

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
DW AKADEMIE (GERMANY) -- As a political outsider, Trump has moved swiftly to fill the perceived void. Less bound by rules and conventions, he quickly set himself apart from his competitors. And unlike a politician, he can offer quick fixes to some pressing problems. Most voters don’t weigh the complexity of single issues when they consider candidates. “So they like his ‘common sense’ solutions. People think that politicians make things complicated, and Trump is not,” says Jason McDaniel, a political scientist who studies voting behavior at San Francisco State University. Both these factors have broadened Trump’s appeal beyond his main support base, reaching small portions of the female, African American and Latino electorate among others, McDaniel told DW.