My US election focus groups in Phoenix, Arizona

In last week’s Philadelphia focus groups, Donald Trump’s supporters brushed aside the recording of their candidate’s unseemly conversation about women. Since then, a number of women had come forward to claim he had assaulted them – was this beyond the pale? Perhaps surprisingly, none of the Trump supporters we spoke to in Phoenix this week argued the allegations were false – just that there were more important things at stake. “I don’t condone it, but I’m looking at our country, and what our country needs, and the issues;” “What Bill [Clinton] did, everyone says is bad and hideous. What Trump did it bad and hideous. Did it affect how Bill ran the government? Some people loved the way he ran it;” “Think about the Kennedys and their escapades. It was fine for everyone, because it’s the Kennedys…

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