At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the party's top goal was to unite Republicans and expand Donald Trump’s appeal to the general electorate. A new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducted June 10-27, 2016, found that a large majority of Republicans are now getting behind the GOP nominee. At the same time, there are some clear contrasts between the core supporters of Donald Trump and those who wanted another candidate to win the party's nomination. These differences will pose an ongoing challenge to the party leadership, and the challenge will be even greater when attempting to bridge divides with the broader public.
Areas of difference include:
- National Security: Core Trump supporters are somewhat less likely than Republicans who supported a non-Trump candidate to say that maintaining existing alliances is a very effective way to achieve US foreign policy goals (34% vs. 42%). Similarly, only four in ten core Trump supporters (44%) say that NATO is essential to US security, while a majority among those who backed other candidates (61%) say it is essential.
- Immigration: Seven in ten of Trump's core supporters (69%) say that legal immigration should be decreased, compared to 45 percent among Republicans who supported a different candidate.
- Trade and Globalization: Only half of Trump's core supporters (50%) say that globalization is mostly good for the United States, compared to 62 percent of those that supported other candidates.
For more details on Trump's base of support and their views on foreign policy, read the full Chicago Council Survey brief.