Trump has revealed the stupidity and opportunism of many Republican voters (as the media points out endlessly), but I wonder if the Democrats are truly any different. What you would need is a demagogue on the left who could appeal to the Democratic base's worst instincts. The best historical example would probably be Huey Long, only major one of recent memory (that I can think of) was Al Sharpton.
This group doesn't appear to be affiliated with James O'Keefe, but just based on the setup I smell a rather large rat. The interviews may be selectively edited, they may be reporting only a fringe selection of interviewees, at its most extreme the interviewees may actually be paid actors.The source, Campus Reform, isn't a bunch of journalists, they are an advocacy group funded by a thinktank. I'd be dubious about the results if it it were a similar setup purporting to get conservatives to respond favorably to Obama quotes credited to Trump.
I thought the same thing. It may have been edited in a certain way to prove their point. On the other hand, remember when someone went out and asked people about Obamacare, and they all hated it but somehow preferred the Affordable Care Act? Same concept.
Have you talked to college freshmen lately? They're the "before" picture in an ad for education.
I doubt if any fakery was necessary, although he may have made a hundred interviews and only presented a few that proved his point. But this result does not surprise me at all. You can tell a genuine result if it can be reproduced, and I'm quite sure you could reproduce this on any campus, even the brainy ones like Harvard and Stanford. There will always be plenty of people on the left and right who will oppose a Trump idea or an Obama idea just because of its origin, as Fletch noted above.