Trump Wins … If It Were Up to Coin Laundry Owners

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Bruce Beggs |

Three-quarters of pre-election survey respondents back GOP presidential ticket

CHICAGO — Republican Donald Trump would be the overwhelming winner of the popular vote for president of the United States today if it were up to coin laundry owners, based on the results of an exclusive American Coin-Op Special Election Survey conducted in the days leading up to the election.

Qualified subscribers to American Coin-Op e-mails were asked to identify who they will be voting for today and what issue has been most influential in helping them decide how to cast their votes. Survey takers weren’t required to identify themselves in the unscientific poll.

Three-quarters of coin laundry owners surveyed say they will vote for the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence today, while 15.8% of respondents will vote for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

Roughly 4% will vote for Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, another 4% of respondents were undecided, and the remaining 1.3% chose “other,” with one respondent saying, “I wish we could start primaries all over.”

For the majority of voters surveyed, the state of the U.S. economy was most influential in helping them decide who to vote for, at 37.8%. “Other” was also a popular choice (23.0%), with respondents citing a combination of issues, or a candidate’s background or personality. In this group, several respondents pointed to the Supreme Court and potential future nominees as being a major influence.

Regarding the textile care industry as a whole, it would still be Trump in a landslide. Combining survey results from the coin laundry, drycleaning and institutional/industrial laundry sectors (sister publications American Drycleaner and American Laundry News conducted identical polls), 73.6% of textile care owners and operators will vote for Trump.

Roughly 19% back Clinton and 2.3% choose Johnson. Undecideds account for 3%.

In light of how the presidential candidates have conducted themselves, how do you feel about our country right now? Among respondents, reactions were largely negative or uncertain, as shown by these examples:

  • “We are in deep s--t with whomever is elected.”
  • “I’m disappointed that the greatest country in the world has sunk as low as it has and that there are so many people trying to destroy what we are.”
  • “While I don’t think either main candidate is necessarily presidential material, I think it’s far more dangerous to elect a constant liar and deceiver than it is to elect someone with a bad personality.”
  • “Our choices for president is disturbing. Cannot believe that this is the best we have to pick from.”
  • “We need many prayers.”
  • “This country can endure all, even these two in the White House. As far as the White House is concerned, the new president better get some control.”
  • “Worst election ever.”
  • “Honestly, I despair a bit. They’re both pretty awful candidates, and the fact that no one better made it through the process is discouraging.”

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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