August 18, 2016

THE REFUSAL OF REALITY TO CONFORM TO RIGHTWING RHETORIC:

Trump Sees an Economy in Tatters, But Many Republicans Are Feeling Just Fine (DANTE CHINNI, Aug 18, 2016, WSJ)

Aggregated from surveys in taken the second quarter, the Gallup data show that 63% of Americans say their standard of living is getting better, up from 55% a year earlier.

The data also reveal a fault line running through communities that lean heavily Republican. While some Republican-leaning communities don't see their standard of living improving, data from others, particularly exurban areas, show a large majority say their standard of living is getting better.

The numbers shed some light on why Mr. Trump is struggling in the polls and having a hard time bringing the GOP together behind his message that the U.S. economy is in tatters and the country is in decline.

Shutting your eyes and stamping your feet won't reverse the prolonged economic boom.

Posted by at August 18, 2016 3:57 PM

  

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