"Trump is the egomaniacal opportunist who's finally giving voice to those ideas. And much of the American establishment is in deep denial about their real appeal. ... More than one-fifth of the electorate endorses the Trump view that "immigration should be decreased a lot" while Social Security should not be cut. All mainstream Republican Party figures, by contrast, hold views in the right-hand column of Drutman's chart — opinions that collectively secure the endorsement of less than 10 percent of the electorate. ... But these generally unpopular views are popular with the kind of people who finance the Republican Party."
For way too long the GOP has won election after election by feeding their voters hugely out-of-touch promises that cater to people's ignorance and insecurity, promises that they have NO INTENTION on fulfilling!! Indeed, I have long believed that certain issues (such as abortion) they wage endless, largely symbolic campaigns that impact rates of abortion only on the extreme margins, a strategy designed to KEEP the issue hot and unresolved so pro-life will simply continue to throw their money, time and votes to the GOP. -- Nuggetsman