New study suggests ambivalence may have played a role in Trump’s 2016 victory — but pollsters missed it

People often have mixed feelings about a topic and can simultaneously see both the positive and negative sides of things. But new research, published in PLOS One, suggests that professional pollsters are failing to account for this ambivalence in their assessment of political attitudes. The study, which collected data between 2017 and 2019, found that approximately 4 in 10 college students displayed some level of ambivalence towards President Donald Trump. “This work grew out of a collaboration that my wife and I have. I am an atomic physicist, working in the area of atomic clocks; my wife Lor...