The enduring loyalty of many U.S. white working-class voters to President Trump has puzzled some political pundits. A Quinnipiac University poll suggests that as of October 11, 55% of white people without college degrees approved of Trump’s handling of his job, compared with 38% in the total population. His approval rate from the white working class has held steady throughout his first year in office (it was 52% the week after his inauguration). At the same time, his overall disapproval rating among all voters has risen from 44% to 56%. Even Tuesday’s Democratic electoral victories in Virginia and elsewhere may do little to move those most swayed by Trump’s core messages.
Why has there been such lasting loyalty from this particular group — low-status white-collar workers and blue-collar workers with no college education?
We began to explore this question by looking back to Trump’s rhetoric during
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On October 19th, Engage Boulder is hosting a breakfast with me from 7:30am to 9:30am to discuss the past, present, and future of Boulder. I’ve lived and worked here since 1995 so I’ve seen, and be involved in, a lot of the evolution of our city over this period of time. I’m hoping to have a thoughtful and open conversation about a lot of the issues that are coming up around our local election. If you are interested, please join us.
Recently, the Daily Camera did an excellent series of profiles on the fourteen candidates running for the five open Boulder City Council positions. I recently endorsed five specific people: Jan Burton, Eric Budd, Jill Grano, Mark McIntyre, and Bill Rigler. Following are excellent profiles from interviews with each of them that I encourage you to read to get to know them, and their viewpoints, better.