Detroit boat house. Credit: Bob Jagendorf.

What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win

Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post May 10, 2017. Roughly a third of white working-class Americans said that they have cut back on food or meals in the past year to save money. A similar share it would be difficult — if not impossible — for them to cover an emergency expense of $400. And among those who live in the same town where they grew up, only 17 percent say the quality of life there has improved. Those are a few of the results of a detailed new survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic magazine. The report reveals the economic and material hardships afflicting the white working class, one of the report’s authors says, lending insight into why so many people in this group were willing to gamble on Donald Trump, a candidate with no governing experience.  See full story.

Photo: Detroit boat house. Credit: ©© Bob Jagendorf.

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