Who is more 'establishment', businessmen or politicians?

December 16, 2016, 2:55 PM GMT+0

Democrats and Republicans differ on who, exactly, is more representative of 'the establishment'

One of the widely accepted reasons for Trump's surprising victory over Clinton in the November election is that Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman, was less a part of 'the establishment' than Hillary Clinton, a consummate politician and fixture of the Democratic party for decades. The question of who is more establishment - businessmen or politicians - arguably cuts to the heart of the ideological divide between the left and the right.

The latest research from YouGov shows that, overall, Americans narrowly tend to say big businessmen (34%) are more typical of the establishment than elected officials (30%). This is largely a result of Democratic opinion, however, as both independents (40% to 30%) and Republicans (46% to 20%) are more likely to say that elected officials are more typical of the establishment.