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    I can't believe it, but this article in the Guardian actually looks at the surprisingly left wing policy appeal of Trump.

    Yes, Donald Trump talked about trade. In fact, to judge by how much time he spent talking about it, trade may be his single biggest concern...

    Here is the most salient supporting fact: when people talk to white, working-class Trump supporters, instead of simply imagining what they might say, they find that what most concerns these people is the economy and their place in it. I am referring to a study just published by Working America, a political-action auxiliary of the AFL-CIO, which interviewed some 1,600 white working-class voters in the suburbs of Cleveland and Pittsburgh in December and January.

    Support for Donald Trump, the group found, ran strong among these people, even among self-identified Democrats, but not because they are all pining for a racist in the White House. Their favorite aspect of Trump was his “attitude,” the blunt and forthright way he talks. As far as issues are concerned, “immigration” placed third among the matters such voters care about, far behind their number one concern: “good jobs / the economy.”...

    Now, let us stop and smell the perversity. Left parties the world over were founded to advance the fortunes of working people. But our left party in America – one of our two monopoly parties – chose long ago to turn its back on these people’s concerns, making itself instead into the tribune of the enlightened professional class, a “creative class” that makes innovative things like derivative securities and smartphone apps. The working people that the party used to care about, Democrats figured, had nowhere else to go, in the famous Clinton-era expression. The party just didn’t need to listen to them any longer.
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    This is confirmed by poll after poll and focus group after focus group. The Wall doesn't matter, keeping out rapist ebola carrying terrorist Mexican flying monkeys does not matter, torture does not matter. His voters are angry because they have seen their place in the world diminish, they are angry because (and I'll bold this since it keeps getting missed) they do not believe Washington listens, understands or cares about them. So who do you go to when no one is listening? The guy who speaks simply and speaks loudly. This is a guy who will fight for them, who sees the world as they do. Trump sounds like a guy who will fight for you, Clinton sounds like a series of PowerPoint slides
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    This is confirmed by poll after poll and focus group after focus group. The Wall doesn't matter, keeping out rapist ebola carrying terrorist Mexican flying monkeys does not matter, torture does not matter. His voters are angry because they have seen their place in the world diminish, they are angry because (and I'll bold this since it keeps getting missed) they do not believe Washington listens, understands or cares about them. So who do you go to when no one is listening? The guy who speaks simply and speaks loudly. This is a guy who will fight for them, who sees the world as they do. Trump sounds like a guy who will fight for you, Clinton sounds like a series of PowerPoint slides
    Spot on. The media has tried very hard to paint all of Trump's supporters as racist, homophobic bigots but many are just average Americans who just want a government that listens to them. Middle America, especially, has felt disenfranchised for decades with the decline in manufacturing.

    RAND corporation did a survey a while back about his supporters and came to a similar conclusion: http://www.rand.org/blog/2016/01/ran...el-survey.html

    (Original post by RAND Corporation)
    Among people likely to vote in the Republican primary, people are 86.5 percent more likely to prefer Donald Trump as the first-choice nominee relative to all the others if they “somewhat” or “strongly agree” that “people like me don't have any say about what the government does.
 
 
 
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