WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While there is much post-election interest in a small demographic of voters who shifted from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump, an in-depth study conducted in the midst of the election finds that Trump's victory was buoyed by a broad-based, nearly universal crisis of confidence in how the federal government makes decisions. The central critique voters express is not about policy or ideology: it is that government ignores the people - both their interests and their views - in favor of special interests, campaign donors, and their parties. Among Trump supporters, these views are especially intense. The study of 2,411 registered voters was conducted by University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation (PPC), fielded by Nielsen Scarborough and released today by Voice Of the People. A remarkable nine-in-ten voters agreed that 'Elected officials think more about the interests of their campaign donors than the common good of the people.' There were, however, differences in intensity. Among all voters 63 percent agreed strongly, while among Trump supporters, 72 percent agreed strongly, and among the half of Trump supporters who said they were not only dissatisfied with government but angry, 85 percent agreed strongly. Similar numbers agreed that 'Members of Congress think mostly about their party, not what is good for the country.' This profound dissatisfaction with government has reached new heights in response to longstanding trend line questions. Asked whether government 'is run for the benefit of all the people' or is 'pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves' in the 1960s only a minority said that it was run by big interests. In recent years this number has risen to eight-in-ten. In the current study this leapt to an unprecedented 92 percent. Among angry Trump supporters, 99 percent said the government is run for big interests, rather than the people.