It’s not Trump it’s Republicans. It’s not The Base, it’s Republicans. They do not know nor have since the Southern Strategy began had a better angel on their shoulder. Not sure if the NRA helped them shoot it off or they just grabbed it and squeezed until its head popped off.
The graph of this in the article did cause me to notice something I had not noticed before. That polls show that the general population is most always the same as Independents.