Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has not followed the traditional rules of politics throughout his presidential campaign, but his supporters seem to like that about him. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll that came out on Tuesday, Trump supporters said they want a president who can ignore the rules.
53% of all voters polled and 68% of all Republicans polled said they want a “leader who is willing to say or do anything to solve America’s problems.” Amongst Trump supporters, this number increases to 84%.
“I get through the rules,” Trump said during a Tuesday interview on “Fox & Friends.” “I don’t want to say avoid the rules, because that sounds like a little bit of illegality.”
Trump cited how he worked around Manhattan zoning laws in the past when constructing his tall buildings in New York City. He suggested this is proof that he knows how to work around difficult restrictions in order to fulfill his desired outcome.
The Trump voters who took the poll were also asked about whether they agreed with various statements by the billionaire businessman.
74% agreed with the statement: “Leaders don’t worry about what other people say, they follow their own path.”
96% agreed with the statement: “America needs a powerful political leader that will save us from the problems we face.”
90% agreed with the statement: “Public officials don’t care much what people like me think.”
80% agreed with the statement: “The government has gone too far in assisting minority groups.”
85% agreed with the statement: “America has lost its identity.”
83% agreed with the statement: “The old way of doing things no longer works and we need radical change.” This even gets more support from Trump voters than when Senator Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side says something similar to his voters. 76% of Sanders voters agree when Sanders uses the statement.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning and said he understands the frustrations expressed by the voters. However, he thinks they trust the wrong presidential candidate.
“But if people want that – I hear it across the state, I hear it across the country – Ted Cruz is the obvious choice,” Walker said about the Quinnipiac poll results. Walker recently endorsed Ted Cruz. “Here’s a guy who just a couple years ago was elected to the United States Senate on exactly that principle. He stood up not only to the big-time liberal special interests, at times he actually stood up to his own party, even if it meant standing up by himself. Ted Cruz is the guy who actually embodies that.”
In the Quinnipiac poll, Cruz voters were less likely than Donald Trump voters to give their support to a president “willing to say or do anything.” The amount of Cruz voters that agreed with this was just 56%. As for the Cruz voters who agreed with needing “radical change,” only 60% supported this.
The Quinnipiac University conducted their survey between March 16th and March 21st across the United States with 1,451 voters via cell phones and land lines.