Friday, November 16, 2012

everything you think you know about white working class voters is wrong



theatlantic | The white working class depends on government assistance more than the population as a whole, yet its members heavily favor smaller government and lower taxes -- and they strongly believe that the poor are too dependent on government programs.

Nearly half of the white working class (46 percent) reported receiving Social Security or disability benefits in the poll, versus 38 percent of the overall population; they were also slightly more likely to receive food stamps and unemployment benefits than the general population. Six in 10 white working-class voters said the federal government should cut back on services and reduce taxes. And three-fourths agreed with the idea that "poor people have become too dependent on government assistance programs." If Romney is able to get past his "47 percent" comments, this may be why: Even those who frequently depend on government strongly dislike the idea of dependency and entitlement.

The white working class has often been depicted as the backbone of the Tea Party, angered by what they perceive as Obama's socialistic policies and, in the president's own memorable phrase, "clinging to guns or religion." But the poll knocks down some of these myths:

* They're not the Tea Party: Only about 13 percent of white working-class voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party, and 34 percent say they share its values. Among college-educated whites, the numbers are about the same -- 10 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

* They're not unusually religious: About half (48 percent) go to church at least once a month, and 60 percent say religion is important to them. That's about the same as the general population. The white working class is more heavily evangelical, however -- 36 percent describe themselves as evangelicals, versus 21 percent of the overall population.

* They're not culture warriors: On the wedge issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, white working-class voters are pretty evenly divided. They favor abortion being legal in all or most cases, 50 percent to 45 percent, and oppose allowing gays to marry, 50 percent to 43 percent. Less than 5 percent of these voters said abortion or gay marriage was the most important issue, as opposed to 53 percent who cited the economy.

* They want to tax the rich: Contra Joe the Plumber, these voters aren't opposed to spreading the wealth around. "In fact, white working-class Americans display a strong strain of economic populism," the report states: 70 percent of them believe the economic system unfairly favors the wealthy, and 62 percent want to raise taxes on incomes over $1 million. And there's a clear reason both candidates have accused each other of favoring outsourcing: 78 percent of white working-class voters blame corporations moving jobs overseas for America's economic woes.

10 comments:

Big Don said...

..... http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/11/17/5_signs_of_societal_degeneration_in_america/page/full/

CNu said...

Oh boy! I just can't wait for the other shoe to drop to hear the arcane logic by which you'll blame the decline and cultural degeneracy of a white american super majority on the black and brown minorities. Because as we all know, it's the tail that always wags the dog in BD alternate reality.

Tom said...

It's the welfare cadillacs, is my understanding.

Big Don said...

Blame the dark deviancy emulated....

Big Don said...

...Well, what culture, e.g., made irresponsible shiftless dependency and rampant OOWBreeding fashionable, destroyed public school learning environment, glorified abuse of women and pointless killing (fug' u lookin' at?) in "music," degenerate cultural values which have now infiltrated the mainstream....???

Big Don said...

...and IQ-75 Flash Mob Robberies...

CNu said...

uh, that'd be whidte folks BD, and, you canonized, glorified, and proliferated it in your movies. the truth of the pollution in your own mainstream became the stuff of your most popular, profitable, and persuasive "art" and you peddled that "art" worldwide

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