Why Working Class Americans Vote Republican
Gary Younge investigates a conundrum that vexes liberals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
Tea Party supporters and union supports show their respective sign during a large demonstration at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

(Newser) – Nothing frustrates liberals more than poor Republicans. They are, after all, generally voting against their economic self-interests—government dependency is consistently higher in right-leaning counties. "To many liberals, these are turkeys voting for Christmas or lemmings off for a leap," writes Guardian columnist Gary Younge, who set out to discover why they do it. His conclusion: It's "not simply an issue of income, but primarily race and partly religion and gender." Poor people overall lean Democrat, but poor white people don't.

Part of the explanation too is that poor people are more socially conservative. "If someone's core conviction is that abortion is murder or gay marriage is wrong" then voting Republican "is not an act of delusion but conviction," Younge points out. Some poor people truly believe in free markets and lower taxes on the rich, even if it doesn't benefit them directly. And then there is the potent GOP attack that liberals are snooty elites; "When liberals depict the existence of poor white Republicans as an expression of mass idiocy … they provide conservatives with one of their key talking points." For many more observations, see the full piece here.

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Riffran
Oct 30, 2012 6:47 PM CDT
so people who actually earn their own money and want to keep it, instead of having it redistributed to others that don't work makes you a *gasp* conservative...oh how horrible
newsderp
Oct 30, 2012 3:11 PM CDT
Bottom line here: If, amongst your argument, there is a play on words using the terms Republican or Democrat, you don't deserve respect intellectually.
RicOShea
Oct 30, 2012 10:49 AM CDT
The more extremism adopted by the right, Americans will become more liberal. The right seeks to control the right of a woman to choose and to command the lives of gays. Romney's 47% comment was about the right in all actuality, but Republican supporters and it's media continue to ignore the plight of those in poverty, and especially the lives of Americans who are physically and mentally handicapped by including them into the "those dependent on government" group without specifying they deserve government assistance. It's obvious the right has to use fear and scare tactics to attract voters, they have never been as fiscally responsible as the Democrats have been so they gotta do something. That includes calling those who support a woman's right to choose "baby killers," along with the falsity that schools are teaching children how to be gay (they're teaching the ACCEPTANCE of those who are gay), the scare of Sharia Law and that American Muslims are terrorists just like Islamic extremists are. Add in the fear of socialism, Communism and Marxism and you have a skewed recipe to corral the minds of Americans who unfortunately cannot seem to think for themselves. America has never seen a political agenda like that of FOX News and the rest of the right wing media... indeed, they are conspiring to make Americans very stupid.