People are always throwing around the term 'Trump supporter' or 'Clinton supporter' like everyone knows who those people actually are. While surveys and polling research has shed some light on the bases of both camps, we've found that campaign finance data can provide greater insight into what a typical Trump, Stein, Clinton or Johnson supporter looks like.
We've looked at the most common occupations for each candidate's donors, for every state in the country. The top result you'll see below is the occupation/state pair that has the most number of donors giving to that candidate. As it turns out, it's kind of perfect - just what you'd expect for some of them. For others...well, you decide.
Candidate Most common donor type
Donald Trump: a male salesman from Texas
Hillary Clinton: a female attorney from California
Jill Stein: a male software engineer from California
Gary Johnson: a male engineer from Texas
What about 2016's dropouts, like Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz? See below.
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Bernie Sanders: a female teacher from California
Ted Cruz: a female homemaker or a male engineer from Texas
Jeb Bush: a male attorney from Florida
Marco Rubio: a female homemaker or a male attorney from Florida
John Kasich: a female homemaker or a male attorney from Ohio
Ben Carson: a female homemaker or a male physician from Texas
Carly Fiorina: a male attorney from California
Bobby Jindal: a male company president from Louisiana
Mike Huckabee: a male business owner from Arkansas
Martin O’Malley: a male attorney from Maryland
Rand Paul: a male attorney from Kentucky or a male engineer from California
Chris Christie: a male attorney from New Jersey
Lindsey Graham: a male attorney from South Carolina
Rick Perry: a female homemaker or a male attorney from Texas
Rick Santorum: a female homemaker from Pennsylvania or a female homemaker from Texas
Scott Walker: a female homemaker or a male company president from Wisconsin
Cross-sectioning the data in this way helps emphasize the out-size influence that attorneys have on our political system. They are responsible for the biggest chunk of money from a professional sector going to presidential candidates this cycle. It also shows that female homemakers are the most common type of donor to conservative candidates.
Also worth noting is Donald Trump's overwhelming support among salesmen, and Carson's popularity with physicians. Male software engineers seem to be spearheading the #BernieOrBust movement in the generals, choosing Stein over Clinton.
Lastly, it's worth pointing out that the most successful candidates were able to consolidate support outside of their home states. Looking at the data, you can easily pick away the early dropouts based on their core support coming almost exclusively from home. As it turns out, you actually do need to appeal to the rest of the country.