Poll Shows the Reason Trump Won

A new poll from CATO Institute demonstrates in living color just why President Trump won the 2016 election. According to the poll, 71% of Americans “believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have.” Only 28% of Americans think political correctness has bettered society.

That’s an amazing statistic, and shows just why the Left was bound to fail in 2016. They continue to maintain that intersectionality is a path to glory — that a philosophy that prizes shutting down certain viewpoints based on ethnicity and class will help them cobble together a winning coalition. But broad majorities of Americans reject that view. What’s more, Americans who reject that view seem most likely to keep their views to themselves, possibly skewing political polls: 73% of Republicans and 58% of independents say they self-censor in order to avoid political blowback.

President Trump ran on an anti-PC platform. He won on that platform. This poll shows why.

There’s mixed news from this poll on free speech generally. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans agree that hate speech is protected by the Constitution (it is), and nearly 8 in 10 say people should refrain from engaging in hate speech. This, of course, is the proper balance in a civilized society. But over half of strong liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to physically harm Nazis, over half of Republicans say those who burn the American flag should have their citizenship removed, and over half of Democrats say that Americans should be forced to use the wrong biological pronouns for transgender people, among other disturbing findings. Half of Americans who went to college say that speakers who say transgenderism is a mental disorder should be banned from campus, and four in ten say that speakers who want to deport illegal immigrants should be banned as well. And 6 in 10 Republicans agree with President Trump that the media are enemies of the American people.

All of which suggests that there’s a seething undercurrent of anger from both Right and Left, a reactionary tendency in American politics that leads Americans to feel both stymied and willing to stymie others.

But there is some good news: people aren’t quite as offended as they seem to be on others’ behalf. A vast majority of blacks and Latinos don’t find typical “microaggressions” particularly offensive.

This means that if Americans saw each other as individuals, rather than as stereotypes of political views they hated, they’d be more likely to calm down and engage rather than increasing the vitriolic tenor of today’s politics. But that would mean moving beyond reactionary politics — and that would, in turn, require the Left to stop promoting the regime of political correctness and intersectionality. That seems unlikely, given the poll result that 61% of Democrats say it’s hard for them to be friends with Trump voters. But the more Democrats alienate Trump voters, the more they’re setting up Trump’s re-election effort.

source: dailywire.com

  • Janet Weeks

    It is true. You are afraid to say anything because it will offend SOMEONE and then you get labeled. You cannot have a friendly discussion about anything anymore. I met a person on Facebook and it looked like we could be friends. Similar interests and lives in same town. On a separate post I mentioned during the conversation that I was Conservative. Next day I discovered she de-friended me. Most conservatives love nothing more that to have a civil conversation and hear other people’s views, but the liberals are not willing to discuss anything. It is their way or the highway.

    • Juanito Ibañez

      “Political Correctness is a plague on modern society.”
      –Manx Bloke, ‘Urban Dictionary’, June 15, 2007

  • CharlesWilliamMorganJr

    I am delighted to see this article! We need to put a total halt to political correctness, and we need to do it immediately. We are all different and NOT all alike! Our IQs are NOT all identical, but range from very low to very high. The holy book of the Muslims DOES require them to murder all of us who do not submit to their repressive radical political-religious system, and we have a right NOT to want them to be a part of our nation! Since Muslims desire to overthrow our government and replace it with their political-religious system, they ARE treasonous, and we resent them being given a pass and our constitution ignored! Political correctness will eventually let the Muslims take over, and we will all be subjugated slaves! We DON’T want this! We DON’T want the Bible and prayer outlawed in our schools or public gatherings. We WANT freedom and the ability to be individuals, with our own preferences and desires!

  • Juanito Ibañez

    “Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don’t seem to see this.”
    –Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, The Sunday Times, London (10 May 1992)

    “Political Correctness – The root of everything that is wrong with society today.”
    –Manx Bloke, ‘Urban Dictionary’, June 15, 2007