Trump, Sanders Propelled by Angry White Men

That demographic is particularly agitated by free trade.

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Zach Montellaro
March 9, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R) and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) primary vic­tor­ies have been driv­en by one demo­graph­ic: angry white males.

“When voters were asked in Michigan wheth­er trade with oth­er coun­tries cre­ates jobs or takes away jobs, just over half of GOP re­spond­ents said it takes away jobs—this is in the Re­pub­lic­an Party that once was the bas­tion of strong be­lief in free trade. And among those who see trade as a job killer, Mr. Trump won go­ing away, 42% to 23% for” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Per­haps more in­ter­est­ing, angry white males are sus­tain­ing the Sanders cam­paign, not just the Trump cam­paign. … Like Mr. Trump, he seemed to do es­pe­cially well among those who con­sider them­selves stuck out­side the eco­nom­ic main­stream. Among those who con­sidered in­come in­equal­ity the top is­sue, he beat” former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) “60% to 39%. And among those who think trade takes away jobs, he won 56% to 43%.”

“To­geth­er, in oth­er words, … Trump and Sanders are col­lapsing what had be­come, in the 1990s, something of a bi­par­tis­an con­sensus in fa­vor of free trade. And angry white males, many of whom feel trade has mar­gin­al­ized their jobs and pro­spects, are lead­ing the way.” (Wall Street Journ­al)


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