New Poll Shows How Embarrassingly Ignorant Trump Supporters are About Facts

In all my time following politics, I’ve never dealt with anything like supporters of Donald Trump. These are folks who seem to live in a version of reality that only exists in their own minds. It’s why I’ve said Trump is more of a cult leader than any sort of political figure.

For proof of this look no further than a new poll put out by Public Policy Polling that painted a rather embarrassing picture of how ignorant the majority of Trump supporters are.

Here are some of the results. Out of the Trump supporters surveyed, only:

  • 47% know Frederick Douglass is dead.
  • 45% have a “favorable” view of Black History Month, while 35% have an “unfavorable” view.
  • 46% think there should be a White History Month.
  • 51% agree with the “Bowling Green Massacre” comments from Kellyanne Conway — 25% weren’t sure.
  • 51% believe he should have the power to overturn decisions by judges he disagrees with.
  • 18% support a law requiring a presidential candidate to disclose at least 5-years worth of tax returns.
  • 22% think he should release his tax returns.
  • 48% have an “unfavorable” view of Russia.
  • 64% support a 20% tax on items imported from Mexico.
  • 55% think “millions” voted illegally during the election.
  • 19% view Putin as “favorable” — 18% higher than his supporters who view Hillary Clinton as “favorable.”

That is an astonishing list of unbelievable ignorance. I’ll just start with the first one and work my way down.

It’s a sad state of affairs when basically half of Trump voters aren’t aware that Frederick Douglass is dead, considering he died in 1895. Furthermore, more than 1 out of 3 have a negative view of Black History Month — while nearly half think we should have White History Month. Please, tell me more about how racism isn’t an issue within the Republican Party.

Half of those who voted for him actually believe the non-existent “Bowling Green Massacre” happened. Nothing like half the people who voted for you believing in fictitious terrorist attacks, while claiming that legitimate news is “fake” because they don’t like hearing the truth.

Apparently half of his supporters also believe that he should have the right to unconstitutionally overrule the Third Branch of our government by overruling judicial rulings he disagrees with. You know, like a dictator. It’s hilarious these people claim to be all about the Constitution when they don’t seem to know much of anything about it.

And something definitely tells me that the 82% of his supporters that don’t support a law requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns would feel much different about that issue if Hillary Clinton had been elected without showing her returns.


It’s also rather sickening that only about half of his supporters have a negative view of a country that attacked us, led by a serial-killing tyrant who hates Americans. Then again, they support Trump, so a guy like Putin seems right up their ally.

I also find it rather hilarious how 64% of the people who support him are in favor of a 20% tax on all imports from Mexico — which is basically nothing more than a 20% tax hike on all Americans. Though I get the feeling that when most of the folks said they favor this, they really didn’t understand that they were supporting a massive tax hike on practically everyone in this country.

Then there’s the 55% of his supporters who think “millions” of people voted illegally — even though there’s not a single shred of evidence to support that. Like Trump, they apparently don’t understand that if this conspiracy is true, the results aren’t valid in the election Trump won due to unprecedented voter corruption. It’s also important to point out that if this were actually true, it would have required the coordination of thousands of people all over the country, within both parties, in the most massive coverup in this nation’s history. Plus there’s always the fact that if this were true, Trump and congressional Republicans doing nothing about it would probably be the second biggest scandal in our country’s history. 

Just think about that. For “millions” of people to have voted illegally would have involved a 50-state conspiracy involving thousands of people within both parties — at all levels of government — yet Trump and congressional Republicans aren’t looking into this? That would be a huge deal — if it were actually true.

And last, but not least, these bottom-feeders who view someone like Putin as more “favorable” than Clinton, proving how absolutely stupid millions of them are.

This is a jaw-dropping list of ignorance from Trump voters. Not only do they seem to not know the truth about factual information, most of his supporters believe whatever drivel he tells them, without a shred of evidence to back up any of it.

Going beyond showcasing the ignorance of his supporters, this poll also had some other bad news for Trump:

  • 53% disapprove of the job he’s doing.
  • 53% trust judges more to make the right decisions for the country, while only 38% trust him to.
  • 58% say he should release his tax returns.
  • 62% think he should fully divest from his businesses.
  • 52% said the New York Times has more credibility, while only 37% think he does.
  • 50% said Saturday Night Live has more credibility, while only 38% think he does.
  • 56% oppose building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico if taxpayers have to pay for it upfront.

Oh, and numbers that I’m sure will drive him even more insane, he lost to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton when people were asked who they’d rather have as president:

  • Obama 52%  Trump 44%
  • Clinton 49%  Trump 45%

Though I’m sure as with everything else negative about him, he’ll yell “FAKE!” and his mindless sheep will blindly believe anything he says.

But that reminds me of one of my favorite sayings, and something I’ve said to many Trump supporters: The great thing about reality is that it’s real whether or not you want to believe it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Blerg

    Deplorable AND stupid. Dangerous combination.

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  • Linda Rahmeyer

    All this, the multitudes who can’t fact check, those that want a white history month etc etc, point to the great need of better education. Much better education!! It is easier to control uneducated/uninformed people.

    • QB59

      Which is why Devos is now head of the Dept. of Ed. She is going to try to dismantle public education in favor or religious/charter schools. Syphon taxpayer money into dubious private charter schools with no accountability, like she helped to usher in up in Michigan. Keeping a populace stupid is a good way to get them to vote against their own interests…which is how GOPers stay in office.

      • JJSchwartz

        That’s the plan and in the case of the ‘election’ of Trump you can see that it’s starting to really pay off. Keep ’em dumb! DeVos will lead the way to GOP supremacy through her idea of education reform/destruction. Many of Trump’s supporters have little concept of cause and effect. Many consider only their own situation and not how their voting might have an effect on America as a whole. As a generalization I think, as in the case of Trump himself, those that support Trump tend to be self-centered. I’m reminded of the movie ‘Idiocy’ which it was suggested that I see as it portrayed the ‘dumb’ American as average and ‘normal.’

      • Jim Ruggles

        When will all of the smart Trump supporters, the elected ones, get on board and impeach him then? They are guilty by association…

      • George

        Impeachment will never happen.

      • JJSchwartz

        They’ll only leave Trump’s cause when their own political future is threatened.

      • strayaway

        It will be difficult for the US Dept. Of Ed, to “dismantle public education” as, according to its own website, it only provides 8% of tax money received by public primary and secondary schools. As every state has its own Dept. of Ed., the US Dept. of Ed. is largely redundant anyway. US students rank 35th. among wealthy countries in math test scores. Maybe Betty DeVos can somehow do even worse. Maybe it would be better to block grant all the Federal Dept. of Ed. money directly to the school districts it now goes to instead of to thousands of non-teaching bureaucrats, including Mrs. DeVos. Then local districts would be able to pay for additional teachers and other needs.

      • QB59

        This is not just about money. It’s about policies, excessive testing and unfunded mandates that ruin public schools, while never making private charter and religious schools jump through the same hoops or holding them accountable for what they do or don’t do. Statistically, public schools on the whole do a better job of educating students than charters, but to many citizens, they have the impression that is not the case. NCLB was an absolute travesty, but this didn’t start with Bush. The push to diminish public education began in the 70’s with white flight from large cities due to bussing, and then in the 80’s when private investors were allowed to open schools using public money as a profit making endeavor. Then came NCLB, which did nothing to improve public education, because the move was a way to get rid of teacher unions and give the private sector more access to public money. If a private charter school didn’t work out well, it would close and reopen under a different name with the same people in charge, and the cash flow from taxpayers continued. But those charter schools didn’t get inundated with all the testing that public schools did. Then more and more tests were pushed on public schools as a way to punish those school districts that didn’t meet some arbitrary goalpost based on what some testing company decided would be a score of proficiency for every grade level. When a school district finally does meet the goal, the goal post gets moved the next year because if they don’t meet AYP, they get punished with the threat of being taken over by the state. Adding more and more tests, does not show what any student actually knows, which should be measured instead by individual growth, not based on a proficiency test. This is especially true for students with learning disabilities and ESL students. Both of these groups are not part of most charter schools, because they send them back to public schools to deal with. And getting those students to grade level proficiency according to a standardized test is usually not going to happen, as they are a grade level or two behind their peers. Standardized testing is expensive and makes a hell of a lot of money for those who sell testing materials and programs to public schools, but they don’t do anything to help students actually learn, unless test taking is a skill they need for their futures. Governors and state education departments have fought to keep the public in the dark about what actually occurs with their states’ charter schools, instead giving the public the idea that private for profit charters are a panacea of some sort. But they readily publish the scores of public schools. The documentary “Waiting for Superman” gave the public the idea that the best option is to close public schools and let private companies take over educating our students. That is a recipe for disaster, and with DeVos at the helm, I’m sure things will not get better. Giving block grants to states to distribute to school districts is not even feasible. Do you really think red states and blue states would actually use the money for basic public education? They would play a shell game to dupe the public, kids would get screwed out of a basic education, while fat cat donors would pocket the money. Betsy DeVos said she gave money to GOP officials in her state and across the country, because she expects a return on her investment, and the investment she is looking to gain, is a mission to get charter and religious schools in place of public schools, because privatization is the fix to everything in a GOPer’s mind, and if she can have evolution thrown out of science in favor of creationism and using the Bible as a textbook, well then all the better. She will have a hell of a fight on her hands before that ever happens.

      • strayaway

        Q.) “Do you really think red states and blue states would actually use the money for basic public education?”

        A.) Some would. However, I suggested block granting Dept. of Ed. money to school districts; not states. The Dept. of Ed. already gives more money to poor school districts. Saving money eliminating some part of over 4,000 non-teaching Dept. of Ed. bureaucrats would probably be better spent by local school districts for additional teachers or whatever else they needed.

        I also mentioned that the US ranks 35th in math which isn’t a positive testimony for our present system.

      • George

        It is about putting a stop to progressive indoctrination. Most people want to see it stop!

      • QB59

        Parroting the wingnut talking points like a good little stepford Nazi, I see. You must be looking for a job up Steve Bannon’s ass.

      • George

        Let us hope DeVos can stop the progressive indoctrinantion in public schools! Go DeVos!

  • Gloria Van Lydegraf

    # 1 on the list proves the need for # 2.

  • Wilson Morse


    • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

      What…you don’t like stats?

      • Other Chris

        Not when they reveal how ignorant republicans are or what a failure Donnie is.

      • Nicole H. Hunt-Brooks

        This is what I propose. Public Schools should receive equal funding, period. The cost to educate a child is much less than the cost to house a prisoner. I am terrified of the war he is going to cause. How can such a crass idiot be the president of the greatest country in the world????

      • strayaway

        Hillary’s foreign policies, enacted by President Obama, caused death, destruction, and created millions of refugees. In her campaign, she advocated shooting down planes over Syrian airspace occupied with Russian military planes. Hillary was McCain light. So far, contrary to the neocon like proclivities of this website, Trump instead seems willing to get along with Putin instead of shooting at Russian planes.

        Carter was the last president to have sent his child to a public school. The Clintons and Obamas chose to sent their daughters to a $28,000/year private school. Washington, DC public schools, attended by Amy Carter, spends more per child than almost any public school system in the US whatever the dismal results. You are either implicitly suggesting cutting Washington, DC’s spending per student or massively increasing spending at other school systems to DC levels.

  • Brian

    Polls said Hillar had a 99% chance of winning.

    • Kanye Beadly

      No it was more like 75%. You are clearly misinformed. NO poll said 99% in favor of Hillary (you don’t even bother to spell her name correctly). Trump had 25% chance of winning which is not really that remote of a possibility. And he got lucky.

  • John Prince

    I’d bet that Conservatives can come up with the same results showing how ignorant you are. CRYBABIES

    • Jason Legacy

      Yeah, but only by using their “alternative facts”

    • RadioUranus

      Wouldn’t you be happier at Backward Regressives?

    • N. Gladstein

      Your remark is ridiculous for a couple of reasons.. The first being that liberals didn’t “come up with these results”, a nonpartisan group – Public Policy Polling – did. This article is merely citing what their results showed.
      There’s a link to the polling results up there in the article, so you can check them out yourself. I did. (Research, fact checking, offering evidence to back our claims.. Crazy things us liberal crybabies do. Too bad Trump supporter’s dont.. Their idiocy is going to be the ruin of our country.)

      Oh, & the poll includes liberals, & those who oppose Trump in general, too. The results don’t show what you “bet” they would. Sorry, wrong again.

      • strayaway

        “In the 2016 Presidential Election, PPP’s final polls widely missed the mark in several key swing states, including New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Their polls also significantly underestimated President Trump’s lead in Ohio, and incorrectly predicted Hillary Clinton to win Florida.” -wikipedia

  • Artisit W. Karam

    “The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands…”

    — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

  • exit 7

    I read multiple conservative online publications and comments to post made by those with a conservative view so that I might have a better understanding of both sides. What I have learned is that conservative posters will criticize opinions and actions of liberals even if it is in unconstitutional, a lie or a behavior previously condemned if a liberal was the perpetrator. Some of us aren’t a lot better. We need our leadership to step up and lead here or I worry for the future of our democracy.(which by the way some followers of Trump will now tell you is a “constitutional democracy” in way of accepting Trumps latest crazy)

  • George

    You call that ignorance? ROFLMAO!! More progressive lies. Can progressives ever use facts and logic? No, they can only spew their “feelings”..

  • Libertarianski

    thank God the crazy, loonie, libbies who are “protesting”, destroying, looting and causing chaos AREN’T in charge now!

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