Sunday, June 18, 2017

"I've Got Three Words for You: Scared White People"

"What's different about the Voter Study Group is that it tracks the attitudes and votes of the same 8,000 adults since before the 2012 election, and then throughout the 2016 election. So it's like the nation's largest, longest political focus group.
"The story we've told ourselves—that working-class whites flocked to Trump due to job worries or free trade or economic populism—is basically wrong, the research papers released this week suggest.

"They did flock to Trump. But the reason they did so in enough numbers for Trump to win wasn't anxiety about the economy. It was anxiety about Mexicans, Muslims and blacks."

Danny Westneat at The Seattle Times discusses the research of political scientist Christopher Parker (And Jonathan Chait at New York presents recent research into the 2016 vote).

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