Here’s why Donald Trump suffered a stunning Iowa upset when the polls suggested he’d win
Tis is interesting artivle about Donald Trump, from Business Insider. Despite the record voter turnout that was supposed to catapult Donald Trump to victory in Iowa, the notoriously self-confident businessman was forced to modestly concede defeat to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in a notable Monday-night caucuses upset that kicked off voting in the Republican presidential race.
Trump's decision to skip last week's Fox News debate, as well as his reportedly less strong campaign organization, also appeared to work against him.
Voters who made up their minds in the past week — almost half of the electorate — broke for Rubio and Cruz over Trump, though Trump maintained a lead with voters who made their decision earlier.
There was also a notable age gap.
Though Trump has been popular with younger Republican voters nationally, he lost by a significant margin among voters below the age of 49, who accounted for 32% of the Republican turnout Monday. He also fell several points short of Cruz among voters 50 and older.
Voters were also pondering Trump's viability in the general election. Among the 20% of voters who chose a candidate based they thought could "win in November," Rubio was the top pick by 20 points.
Finally, ideology and religion also may have worked against Trump.
The mogul performed best among self-identified moderate Republican voters, a vastly smaller share of caucusgoers than those who referred to themselves as conservative.
Of the 40% of voters who considered themselves very conservative, Cruz captured 44% of the vote, compared with Trump's 21%. Rubio won among the 45% of voters who considered themselves somewhat conservative, netting 29% of that portion of the vote to Trump's 24%.
And despite last-minute endorsements and appearances with major evangelical figures like Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, Trump also trailed among religious voters, who made up 62% of the GOP electorate on Monday. Cruz ran away with this group, beating Trump by 12 points.
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Trump's poll numbers in Iowa may have artificially inflated his advantage in the lead-up to the caucuses.
Princeton University professor and polling expert Sam Wang pointed to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, considered the gold standard of Iowa polls. He said it may have underrepresented the share of evangelical voters.
"Pollsters in the Iowa caucus have previously missed by a bit with Santorum, who like Cruz had a lot of evangelical support," Wang said, referring to former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania).
One slight bright spot for Trump was his performance with new caucusgoers. He captured 30% of first-time caucusgoers, 7 points higher than Cruz.
And despite the bad night, polling analysts like Wang warned not to overstate Trump's loss. Trump's share was only slightly below expectations, and it doesn't mean he is about to see a collapse in support.
"It is premature to write off Trump," Wang told Business Insider.
Added University of Michigan pollster Michael Traugott: "I don't think Trump is in trouble until the outcome in New Hampshire differs from the polls."
For his part, Trump spun Tuesday that he was happy with second place.