Seniors Flee Trump As He Has Lost 17.5 Points Of Support Since 2016

  

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Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  4 comments

By:   Jason Easley (POLITICUSUSA)

Seniors Flee Trump As He Has Lost 17.5 Points Of Support Since 2016
An analysis of recent polling found that Trump has lost 17.5 points of support with seniors since 2016 as his rhetoric is pushing them away.

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An analysis of recent polling found that Trump has lost 17.5 points of support with seniors since 2016 as his rhetoric is pushing them away.

Via FiveThirtyEight:

The pandemic has killed some 190,000 Americans, and 8 in 10 of the deaths reported have been among those 65 or over. President Trump's delayed and fractured response to the outbreak appears to have reshaped the political dynamics for older Americans. Four years ago, he won voters 65 or over by a margin of 13.3 percentage points. But looking at an average of the nine most recent national polls, voters age 65 or over1 favored Biden to Trump by 49.5 percent to 45.7 percent.

Who are the older voters abandoning Trump? A look at the polls from 2016 to 2020 shows movement mostly among white voters. But why are they increasingly abandoning him? There's the pandemic, of course, but I'm not sure that explains everything. An average of six national polls from May — before the beginning of widespread protests against police violence that would come to dominate the news over the summer — showed Trump and Biden tied among voters 65 or over. Perhaps this other national crisis is driving away older Americans. Trump's inflammatory rhetoric about race and crime could be alienating them as well.

The pandemic is part of the problem, but the other issue that his rhetoric on crime and race appear to be pushing away seniors, especially suburban seniors from supporting him. Trump is hurting himself by adding to the anxiety of a group voters who are already anxious. Instead of reassuring seniors that he can handle the crisis in the nation, Trump is fanning the flames and pushing older voters who supporterd him in 2016 toward Joe Biden, because they want the nation's problems to solved.

Like everyone else, older voters appear to want the chaos to stop, so Trump doubling down on division is only helping Joe Biden.


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

The polls show American seniors deserting Trump...

 
 
 
SteevieGee
1.1  SteevieGee  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Seniors dumping trump reason #15.  Trump wants to get rid of the payroll taxes.  For retired people this is NOT a tax cut at all so there's no benefit to seniors.  Cutting the payroll tax will very likely bankrupt the Social Security and Medicare systems and, while it's just another bankruptcy for Trump, it's their bread and butter.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     2 weeks ago

I live in a senior community in Florida and yes a few are deserting Trump. We have some Trump signs up and some Biden yard signs. 

I figured that being a minority I put up a Biden/Harris sign. There have been some instances of Biden/Harris signs be taken or spray painted. 

I added a note to mine. My Pit Bull can make it from the front door to the sign in 2.5 seconds and can out run a golf cart. Let the Lord be your guide.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

I don't have to flee.  I was never in his camp EVER!

 
 
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