[Marxism] NY Times Opnion: We Aren’t Seeing White Support for Trump for What It Is
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Wed Aug 28 11:35:54 MDT 2019
A crucial part of his coalition is made up of better-off white people who
did not graduate from college.
By Thomas B. Edsall
Aug. 28, 2019
Kitschelt and Rehm found that the common assumption that the contemporary
Republican Party has become crucially dependent on the white working class
— defined as whites without college degrees — is overly simplistic.
Instead, Kitschelt and Rehm find that the surge of whites into the
Republican Party has been led by whites with relatively high incomes — in
the top two quintiles of the income distribution — but without college
degrees, a constituency that is now decisively committed to the Republican
According to the census, the top two income quintiles in 2017 were made up
of those with household incomes above $77,552. More than half of the voters
Kitschelt and Rehm describe as high income are middle to upper middle
class, from households making from $77,522 to $130,000 — not, by
contemporary standards, wealthy.
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