For John, BLUF: Who knows? Nothing to see here; just move along.
From RAND Corporation and Sociologist Michael Pollard we have "Despite 'Outsider' Popularity, Voters See Little Difference Between Candidates on Ideology".
This is a Press Release and here are the first two paragraphs (but at the link are a number of graphs):
Although much has been written about the differences between “establishment” and “outsider” candidates in the U.S. presidential election, voters don't see each party's candidates as very ideologically different, according to the new RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey (PEPS).Later today we will see how good they were out in Santa Monica at forecasting the election.
Instead, Democratic voters see Bernie Sanders as only slightly to Hillary Clinton's left and Republican voters see most of the GOP candidates clustered in the center right. All the candidates, with the exceptions of Sanders and Ted Cruz, are perceived as being closer to “moderate” than “very liberal” or “very conservative,” according to the online survey of 3,037 adults conducted between Dec. 13 and Jan. 6 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.
Regards — Cliff