Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Angry White, Rich, Educated Men? Trump Voters Are Smarter And Richer Than The Average American

It's not just "angry blue collar white men," that are supporting Donald Trump. Having received a record number of votes in a Republican nomination campaign and winning in some of the richest and best-educated counties in the country adding to victories in his more traditional strongholds of white working-class neighborhoods, statistician Nate Silver found - after reviewing exit poll data in 23 states - thatTrump voters' median household income was higher than the median in every state, sometimes by a wide margin; and that 44% of Trump voters have college undergraduate degrees, compared to 29% of US adults.
Coverage of 2016's bizarre primary season has painted the stereotypical Donald Trump supporter as white, working class, and uneducated. As Quartz' Corinne Purtill reports, Trump’s popularity with that demographic led some early pundits to dismiss his candidacy, as there simply aren’t enough such voters to propel a candidate to victory.
But an analysis of exit poll data by FiveThirtyEight finds that Trump voters have higher median household incomes than the typical American, and higher education levels too.

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