WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two weeks before the presidential election, a new national survey from PRRI finds supporters of each presidential candidate view cultural changes in America since 1950 very differently: 72 percent of Donald Trump likely voters say American culture and way of life has changed for the worse since the 1950s while roughly as many (70 percent) Hillary Clinton likely voters say things have changed for the better since that time.
The nonpartisan research organization PRRI conducted the 2016 American Values Survey among a sample of 2,010 Americans between September 1 and 27, 2016. The survey focuses on Americans' concerns about public safety and security, confidence in the electoral system, views about political correctness, and the public's growing alienation from both political parties. Few ideas are more divisive among the public than whether American culture and way of life have changed for worse (51 percent) or better (48 percent) since the 1950s. "This election has become a referendum on competing visions of America's future," said PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones. " Donald Trump supporters are nostalgic for the 1950s, an era when white Christians in particular had more political and cultural power in the country, while Hillary Clinton supporters are leaning into—and even celebrating—the big cultural transformations the country has experienced over the last few decades." Fewer than half (43 percent) of the public say they have a great deal of confidence their vote will be counted accurately. Roughly four in ten (38 percent) Americans report having only some confidence, while close to one in five (17 percent) say they have hardly any confidence their vote will be accurately counted. There are stark differences among likely voters, with 70 percent of Clinton supporters but only 41 percent of Trump supporters, reporting a great deal of confidence their votes will be counted accurately.