Topical thread…who voted for who?
Via Truthout comes this thought:
In 2016, the big takeaway was that 53 percent of white women voters cast their ballots in favor of Donald Trump, according to exit polls, helping cement his victory. But, in 2020, white women voters surpassed their 2016 levels of support as, according to exit polls, 55 percent of white women turned out to vote for the president…
Via the New York Times exit poll reporting reflects this impression from the Edison Research polling.
It must be remembered that there is broad geographic inhomogeneity in these stats.
My wife is from CT. Her three surviving sisters voted for Trump twice. The only discernible reasons are that their dad was a Republican, not sure about their school teacher mom, and an abiding faith in the Protestant work ethic. They do have a racists uncle from just outside Buffalo, NY, whom they mock rather than emulate. The oldest sister works for Anthem BC/BS as does my wife. The youngest works in a nursing home and the next youngest was laid off from The Hartford before she returned to being a legal secretary. New England Republicans are very similar ideologically to Southern Democrats, so there is that. None of them nor their parents are more than moderately upper middle class, circling around the 90th percentile of income distribution. The now deceased oldest sister was a public school teacher same as their mom.
Political affiliation has a imprinting component taken from family, friends, and the time of coming of age which form a nearly indelible bias on the psyche. Poor communications skills and adversarial approaches to reason insure the perpetuation of biases formed early in life before intellectually mature enough to make reasoned choices. In this way we not only preserve our own commitment bias, but simultaneously aid in preserving the commitment bias of our political adversaries.
Well said Ron