May 8, 2016

THEY'RE JUST THE TEA PARTIERS...:

The Mythology Of Trump's 'Working Class' Support (Nate Silver, 5/07/16, 538)

It's been extremely common for news accounts to portray Donald Trump's candidacy as a "working-class" rebellion against Republican elites. There are elements of truth in this perspective: Republican voters, especially Trump supporters, are unhappy about the direction of the economy. Trump voters have lower incomes than supporters of John Kasich or Marco Rubio. And things have gone so badly for the Republican "establishment" that the party may be facing an existential crisis.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.

...the same older, wealthier, whiter folks who are afraid "the coloreds" are going to get the welfare money (SS & Medicare) they want from the feds themselves. It's why such candidates have to pretend there's an economic and budgetary crisis.

Posted by at May 8, 2016 8:39 AM

  

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