Being a racist fartgoblin is bad for Donald Trump’s business interests but great for his apparently now-serious Presidential campaign. A new poll by The Economist/YouGov finds that The Donald is the preferred candidate among the highest percentage of registered Republican voters. Fifteen percent of survey respondents say that the hobo’s dream of a rich man would be their first choice in the crowded Republican field, ahead of those generally considered frontrunners like Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, who each polled at 11%. An additional 12% of respondents said he would be their second choice.

This still doesn’t mean that Donald Trump is a viable candidate for President, it just proves that Republicans have a persecution complex and support Trump because, as they see it, he dared to tell the truth about illegal immigrants, and the politically correct liberal media is trying to silence him. The right loves it when rich white men present themselves as underdogs.

The reality, of course, is that Donald Trump said idiotic racist stuff and is being held accountable for it, and that is giving him a boost in popularity amongst racists who feel threatened that their archaic views are becoming less tolerated. He’s pandering to the wingnut base. The more hated he becomes by civilized society, the more he appeals to mouthbreathers who think freedom of speech means being able to say whatever you want without consequences.

The poll results elaborate on who, exactly, thinks Trump is the bee’s knees, and the answer, of course, is dummies:

“Two-thirds of those who choose Trump first or second support the goals of the Tea Party, higher than the overall percentage of Republicans who do. They are much less likely to have a college education than are other Republicans, and they are more likely than other Republicans to say they are ‘very’ conservative.”

They’re smart enough to know that Trump isn’t really a Presidential candidate, though: only one in five of his supporters and 7% of Republicans polled overall think he think he’ll actually capture the nomination.

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