The two (white) Americas

Nice piece on 538 looking at the power of religion and education in explaining the voting choices of white voters (with minority voters, it’s much more simple– not the party that marginalizes and disrespects them).  This chart shows the power of education and religion as compared to other demographic factors (notice the minimal impact of income):

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And this cool chart shows in more detail religion and education:

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Interesting to see the almost mirror images at the extremes.  More than 3/4 of college-educated whites who never attend church support Clinton.  More than 3/4 of no-college whites who attend church weekly support Trump.  Here’s your two Americas.

 

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Speaking of embarrassing

Sure, one can cherry-pick crazy comments from people in line at a Trump rally, or even Republican state legislators all day long.  But just sad that the crazy/racist extends all the way to the US Congress.  US Representative from NC, Robert Pittenger:

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger says the violence in Charlotte stems from protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”

Pittenger is a Republican whose district includes parts of the city where protests have turned violent in the wake of a police shooting of a black man.

Pittenger appeared on a BBC TV news program Thursday and made the statement when asked to describe the “grievance” of the people protesting.

“The grievance in their minds – the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” said Pittenger, who then went on to criticize people who receive welfare.

Umm, yeah. That bad.  His “apology” says he’s just quoting what he heard on the national news from protesters.  Still waiting to see the video of that.  On the bright side, it’s good that people see the actual mindset of those that “represent” them.

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