– ‘American Rage’ –
Another poll, entitled “American Rage” and published in January by Esquire magazine, gave even grimmer numbers.
It found 52 percent of those polled say the American dream is dead, and 54 percent believe they are worse off than they thought they would be when they were younger.
“We the people are pissed. And the body politic is burning up,” the magazine wrote in an introduction to the polling data.
On another hot-button issue – immigration – Esquire said 46 percent of those polled feel immigrants are a burden because they take US jobs, housing and health care.
Trump has tapped into these fears, vowing to deport immigrants here illegally, build a wall along the border with Mexico and institute a blanket ban on Muslims entering the country.
Critics have heaped scorn on the 69-year-old businessman, saying he is fueling hatred and racism.
Rival John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, says Trump has created a “very toxic atmosphere.”
Another Republican contender, Marco Rubio, called his language “dangerous.”
Even President Barack Obama – the target of much of the anger expressed by Trump supporters – has weighed in, condemning the “divisiveness along the lines of race and faith” seen on the campaign trail.
Trump says his rallies are nothing but a “love fest.” And among the four remaining Republican candidates, he leads by a wide margin.