Two-Thirds of Trump Supporters Say Nation Needs a Leader Willing to Break the Rules

Findings from the latest Public Religion Research Institute & The Atlantic April 2016 Survey; Survey Interviews Conducted by SSRS

“The new Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) /The Atlantic Survey reveals two-thirds (65 percent) of Donald Trump’s supporters believe that the situation in the United States has gotten so far off track that country needs a leader willing to break some rules to set things right. In contrast, only 40 percent of Senator Ted Cruz supporters and 43 percent of Governor John Kasich supporters believe that the U.S. needs a leader willing to break the rules.”

“As the odds of a brokered Republican convention continue to increase, the Republican establishment is reportedly planning on falling back on convention rules to block Donald Trump’s nomination,” said PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones. “However, Donald Trump has mobilized the support of Americans who are not institutional players, and who are specifically looking to back a leader who is willing to break the rules—if that’s what it takes to achieve what they take to be good end goals.”

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Addtional Press Around the Data

The PRRI/The Atlantic survey was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. The nationwide survey of 2,033 adults was conducted between March 30 and April 3, 2016, by SSRS. The survey explores attitudes about gender roles, immigrants, race, and economic well-being in the context of the 2016 presidential election.