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)