Voters Wired To Lean Conservative

Trump supporters

Despite a majority of polls showing Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump, the brash businessman enjoys strong core support because “People who are predisposed (by their personality type) to be conservative represent about 75 percent of the U.S. population, compared with only about 25 percent for those who are more liberal,” according to a survey released by our friends at CT News Junkie. Trump is not a hard-core conservative, still “Even if Clinton wins by a landslide–and Trump gets only 40 percent of the vote, that’s 50 million people who will have chosen his values over hers. And sadly, the fervor that has been fomented during this campaign will inevitably lead to even greater polarization and deadlock.”

The study, Born Liberal or Conservative, was researched by Paul D. Tieger, founder and chief executive officer of SpeedReading People, an internationally recognized expert on personality type. OIB readers also participated in this survey. More from the survey below. Full CT News Junkie story here.

Those struggling to understand why so many millions are supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may find answers in a new personality study that suggests the country’s population is more conservative than most believe.

The study, Born Liberal or Conservative, according to its researcher, Paul D. Tieger, provides a basis of data that suggests that many people like Trump because many people “are like Trump.”

‘In other words, their inborn personality types–which influence their perceptions and values–are much more similar to his than to Hillary Clinton’s,” Tieger said Friday shortly after the release of his data.

The Trump phenomenon can’t be explained through demographics alone, Tieger said. All the polls show, he said, that the majority of his supporters are less educated white males.

“But demographics don’t tell the whole story,” Tieger said. “This new study shows how personality type–and not demographics–may be the X factor that decides the election.

Clinton supporters

“People who are predisposed (by their personality type) to be conservative represent about 75 percent of the U.S. population, compared with only about 25 percent for those who are more liberal,” Tieger said. “Although by no means a traditional conservative, Trump has a much bigger pool who are naturally hard-wired to receive his message.”

Tieger’s survey was released a few weeks ago and made available by news publications throughout Connecticut as well as in other states. Tieger said his sample is based on 2,700 completed surveys, in which people were asked questions related to their personalities.

“One need only compare how ‘Sensors’ and ‘Intuitives’ choose to spend their time and money to bring this distinction into clearer focus: Significantly more ‘Sensors’ than ‘Intuitives’ prefer country music to opera, NASCAR to ballet, reality TV to NPR, Fox News to MSNBC (and CNN) … and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks,” Tieger said.

The goal of his study, Tieger said, was “to determine if there are inborn personality type characteristics that influence voters’ behavior, and how they may impact the 2016 presidential election.”

Tieger said his study showed the link between liberalism, conservatism, and educational level: the more education respondents indicated, the more they were likely to be liberal; the less education, the more conservative.



  1. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal cites a study that looked at who is more likely to vote. It concluded the level of education was the most accurate predictor of who is more likely to vote.

  2. Jill Stein was interviewed on Fox a few weeks ago. She was extremely knowledgeable on the gamut of issues and earned respectful reactions and commentary from the answers she provided to the interviewers on each of the questions. She is obviously highly intelligent and extremely well-informed. Her answers to the questions on foreign policy, domestic issues, the economy, and the environment were far superior to anything we’ve heard from the ridiculous, self-obsessed, ego-driven frontrunners. Her answers addressed the issues from the perspective of humane, commonsense policy directed toward allowing for the pursuit of happiness by disadvantaged and middle-class Americans. It’s a pity our democratic system hasn’t yet evolved to a point where candidates such as Jill Stein don’t rise to the top of the heap on the merits of their backgrounds, efforts and message. Presently, because our “democracy” is really a plutocratic oligarchy that disdains the notion of equality set forth in the constitution, we are usually forced to choose from unacceptable choices. This has been the case in most modern American elections, with only two or three exceptions in the last 100 years. This year is the worst in a long, long time.

    I’ll be voting for Jill Stein in the hope she will receive a significant % of the vote and will gain recognition and attention in time for the 2020 election. I won’t hold my nose and vote for either of the dregs being dumped on the American people by a broken Primary Election system into a $-driven general election system that guarantees one of the “broken” candidates will win.

    Vote for the future. Vote for Jill Stein.

    1. She lost me when she stated we should have captured Osama Bin Laden and brought him back to the U.S. to stand trial instead of the actions we did take. I think that would have been a disaster.


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