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Working class whites shun dems..WHY?

An Associated Press-GfK poll shows whites without four-year college degrees preferring GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found this group favoring GOP hopefuls 58 percent to 36 percent - a whopping 22 percentage-point gap.

In 2008, when Obama won the presidency, they favored GOP congressional candidates by 11 percentage points, according to exit polls of voters. When Democrats won the House and Senate in 2006, the Republican edge was 9 percentage points.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:10 PM on Oct. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:10 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Compared with better-educated whites, working-class whites tend to be older and more conservative — groups that traditionally lean Republican and are uneasy with the young president's activist governing. Their wariness is reinforced by a prolonged economic funk that has disproportionately hurt the working class and shown scant signs of improvement under Obama and Congress' majority Democrats.


    Though accustomed to trailing among working-class whites, Democrats can hardly afford further erosion from a group that accounts for about 4 in 10 voters nationally. Their GOP preference is in contrast to whites with college degrees, who the AP-GfK Poll shows are split evenly between the two parties' candidates, and to minorities, who decisively back Democrats.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:11 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • I don't know why we have to base everything by the color of our skin in this country.
    Misteh

    Answer by Misteh at 1:11 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Sweet, is there any breakdown between union and non-union? Typically union members would be considered working class and traditionally Democratic. But a lot of that working class is in the manufacturing sector and they HAVEN'T been working. That would definitely bring a change away from the Democrats for the rank and file, no matter what union leadership says.

    Non-unionized working class? I believe historically they've leaned conservatively anyway?
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:27 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • In the AP-GfK poll, working-class whites were likelier than white college graduates to say their families are suffering financially and to have a relative who's recently lost a job. They are less optimistic about the country's economy and their own situations, gloomier about the nation's overall direction and more critical of how Democrats are handling the economy.


    "Democrats are more apt to mess with the middle class and take our money," said Lawrence Ramsey, 56, a warehouse manager in Winston-Salem, N.C.


    They are likelier than better-educated whites to dislike Obama personally and are more negative about his leadership.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:28 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Didn't see a breakdown by union / non union

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:28 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • they DO ? I wonder how accurate the poll is...?
    gertie41

    Answer by gertie41 at 1:34 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Maybe they work hard for their money and don't like the dem. ideas of "spreading the wealth" and don't support overuse of welfare,etc. etc.
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 2:36 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Maybe they work hard for their money and don't like the dem. ideas of "spreading the wealth" and don't support overuse of welfare,etc. etc.


    So they are "smarter" than their EDUCATED peers?

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:41 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Well, as a halfway through college working class girl, I'll tell you how I feel, (as if you don't already know.)

    There's a disconnect between how the Obama's behave and what they say. They bill themselves as ordinary Americans and then she goes on that crazy vacay and he says "we've all got to tighten our belts" (might not be the exact quote, but he said something similar) while the White house is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer then I could ever dream of keeping it. (don't forget, the earth is dying and we need legislation to fix it!!!) and the government is spending money like it's water, and our Congress is dining on Wagyu beef and tossing back martinis on our dime.

    don't tell me to tighten my belt, but not tighten yours. My belt can't really get any tighter.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:47 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

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