Thursday, September 04, 2008

Show Them the Money: The McCain Target Demographic Seems to Grasp Where True Elitism Resides

These Pew Research numbers are not good for Republicans (and more than a few Dems):
By a margin of 69-28, Americans agree that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. This is similar to levels recorded on this question in surveys taken since 1994, although lower than those recorded in the earlier 1990s. Women are more likely than men to agree with this, 72% to 63%. There are few differences by income, but a higher share of middle class Americans with less than a high school education believe this (81%) than do those who have more educational attainment.
Eventually, the Republicans are going to have to leave their red-meat cultural elite positions and deal with the real ruling class in America: the economic elite, especially if they want to appeal to women. Confronting the sin of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer is as much culture war (even though it gets mislabeled "class war") as is defending the family. Republicans generally don't comprehend that.

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