What is America anyway?

Basically, American is Christian white people if you ask the Fox News types (i.e., today’s Republican Party).  Laura Ingraham basically makes the subtext, text.

Lots of good takes.  Great one from Conor Friedersdorf:

What I love about America is its animating idea: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What Ingraham loved about America was apparently its former demographic profile. Now that Hispanic and Asian immigrants have triggered “massive demographic changes,” the America she loves “doesn’t exist anymore.” Sad!

I expect my love of country, or patriotism, will remain strong in coming years, grounded as it is in the timeless ideals of America’s founding document.

Whereas Ingraham’s love of country was significantly grounded in its demographic makeup. And the changes she observes will only continue—the country will become less and less white with every passing year, with the changes affecting more and more of the nation’s communities. It seems as though Ingraham’s love of country will keep withering.

Should she stay here rather than immigrating to a country with a whiter population that more closely approximates her preferred demographic profile, one might think her waning patriotism would jeopardize her job at a flag-waving network like Fox. But in Ingraham’s telling, a lot of her audience also feels like changes in the racial and ethnic composition of the country is causing the America that they loved to cease to exist, so perhaps she can survive by holding onto the growing cohort of former patriots. Ratings are king.

Lest anyone worry that America won’t have enough patriots left, Ingraham is thankfully wrong when she implies that “most of us” feel as she does:

The survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 5 through 12 among 2,002 adults, finds that 38% say legal immigration into the United States should be kept at its present level, while 32% say it should be increased and 24% say it should be decreased. Since 2001, the share of Americans who favor increased legal immigration into the U.S. has risen 22 percentage points (from 10% to 32%), while the share who support a decrease has declined 29 points (from 53% to 24%).

God bless America.

Amen!  At it’s best, America is a set of ideas and values (one of these founding values being that we are actually a nation of immigrants).  America is not white people.  Go to hell Laura Ingraham and your xenophobic, bigoted, ignorant fellow travelers.

Republicans still love Trump as much as ever. Except women.

Really, really cool report from Pew’s American Trends panel study looking at evolving views of Trump among Trump voters.

About a third of Trump’s November 2016 voters (35%) had cold or neutral feelings toward him earlier that year. By September 2016, a 57% majority of these voters had warmed to him, including 24% who felt very warmly. And shortly after the election, three-quarters of these once cold or neutral voters (74%) felt warmly toward him, including 43% who rated him very warmly.

Among the 65% majority of Trump voters who felt warmly toward him in April 2016, there was much less change in opinions about him. Of this group, 90% or more maintained warm feelings toward him in September and November 2016.

And among both of these groups of verified voters who cast ballots for Trump in November – those who felt warmly toward Trump in April 2016 and those who did not – opinions about Trump changed little between November 2016 and March 2018…

Comparing Trump voters’ feelings about him in April 2016 with their views in March 2018 divides them into four groups: Enthusiasts, who had warm feelings for Trump at both points; Converts, who were initially cold or neutral but warmed over time; Skeptics, who were cold toward Trump in April 2016 and cold again in March 2018; and Disillusioned Trump voterswho were initially warm toward him but were cold or neutral in March 2018.

Enthusiasts make up the largest share of Trump voters (59% of verified voters who reported voting for Trump); they gave Trump warm ratings on the feeling thermometer in both April 2016 and March 2018. Their loyalty to Trump was evident in the primary campaign: In April 2016, six-in-ten Enthusiasts (60%) said they wanted to see Trump receive the nomination compared with just 14% of the other groups of Trump general election voters.

Converts make up the next largest share of Trump voters (23%). These voters were cold or neutral toward Trump prior to his receiving the Republican nomination. In April 2016, nearly half of Converts (44%) favored Ted Cruz for the GOP presidential nomination. But in September 2016, during the general election campaign, 73% of this group had warm feelings for Trump, including 31% who gave Trump a very warm rating. By March 2018, 71% gave him a very warm rating.

Skeptics, like Converts, had cold or neutral feelings for Trump in April 2016. Unlike Converts, however, Skeptics did not have warm feelings toward Trump nearly two years later, after he became president. Skeptics, who constitute 12% of Trump voters, reported voting for him, and their feelings for the president became somewhat warmer in the wake of the election. But their views of him grew more negative after he became president.

Hooray for the skeptics.  Apparently they have actually kept their eyes open and don’t believe everything Fox News tells them.  Alas, quite the minority.  And, ugh, the enthusiasts.  If only it were “begrudging accepters because at least he’s a Republican president.”  But, no, PID is a helluva a drug.

I particularly liked this table with the demographic breakdown.  Pretty much every group likes Trump as much as ever (that is, comparing just after election till this year).  Except women.  Hooray for women.  Who will, hopefully, save our democracy.

Gender, age and educational differences in views of Trump among his voters



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