Poll: Majority Say Democrats Care More About The Middle Class

 

Any American who believes there is a Republican alive that cares about anything other than the wealthy elite, corporations, evangelical theocracy or self-advancement is either a blind, dumb fool, or a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. It’s no matter that Donald J. Trump is a dumb, blind fool, he is a Republican and knows the party cares about no-one but themselves and the rich. Although they greedily use the evangelical white crowd as an electoral weapon, deep down Republicans hate them unless they’re filthy rich. Still, Trump and Republicans spent a fair amount of time on the campaign trail last year feigning great concern for the plight of the dwindling middle class. Whether that phony regard helped Trump’s move into the White House or not, now a majority of the population says it is the Democrats, not Republicans, who care more about the middle class.

According to a recent Pew poll, it appears a majority of Americans recognize that Republicans really don’t care about the middle class any more than they care about the poor, minorities or the unhealthy. Most Americans already knew the GOP could not care less about the poor, but if one listens to Republicans at all levels of government, they claim to exist for the benefit of the middle class; a claim most Americans don’t believe for a second. If the media were doing its due diligence instead of covering every Trump Tweet and his all-too-frequent golf outings, it’s certain that more Americans would be aware of the dastardly anti-everyone hostility coming from congressional Republican legislation. But that’s a subject for another column.

The Pew Research poll released Tuesday revealed that only 42 percent of Americans believe that Trump or his Republican Party truly cares about the middle class. However, fifty-seven percent of the population said Democrats care more about the middle class; it may be due to the minimal media reporting that congressional Democrats are battling to stave off the extreme Republican austerity cuts and “reforms” that will affect the middle class in a big way. In fact fifty-four percent of Americans say Republicans are “too extreme,” and curiously, 45 percent said the same about Democrats. Probably because unlike Republicans, Democrats care about the rule of law, equal and civil rights, social programs and the U.S. Constitution; all things Republicans consider “too extreme.”

It is noteworthy that even though most Americans believe Democrats have more empathy for the middle class than extreme Republicans, neither party was viewed very favorably. The Republican Party was viewed “unfavorably” by 54 percent with only 40 percent seeing the GOP as “favorable.” Democrats were perceived slightly more favorably with 44 percent approval, while exactly half of the respondents, 50 percent, viewed Democrats unfavorably. Trump was less favorable than his nasty party, but since the poll was conducted in early June, it is certain his numbers are lower today than two weeks ago.

It really isn’t that surprising a majority of American believe Democrats care more about the middle class than Republicans. Most middle class Americans have watched their incomes decline due to Republican economic policies favoring the very rich, hostility towards unions and decent wages while the very rich continue to make giant income gains. In fact, from 1999 through 2014, the median household income fell by 8 percent;  all while the one-percent reaped monumental income gains that Trump and Republicans want to increase.

Now that Republicans and corporations are running the federal government, the wealthy elite’s gains will surge by who knows how many orders of magnitude; and the poor and middle class? Their income losses during and after the Republican Great Recession will look like massive wealth gains when the Trump Republicans get finished handing over the entire wealth of the nation to their wealthy and corporate donors. Why else would Trump install a billionaire cabal and Wall Street titans to set economic and tax policy?

According to the Pew poll’s results, it’s possible Americans aren’t nearly as stupid as they often seem if a majority sees Republicans as having little, if any, regard for the middle class that make up 51 percent of the population. The tragedy is that the 51 percent number is bound to continue declining because neither Republicans nor Donald Trump care about anyone who isn’t white and rich, and their policy proposals, executive orders, and already enacted legislation reflect that mindset.

If Americans recall, Trump allegedly won a fair number of votes by promising “the forgotten” middle class that he, and only he, could elevate their standard of living by “draining the swamp” of corporate and special interests in Washington. It’s likely that creating a stinking cesspool of corporate billionaires to run the government and set policy did not go unnoticed by a large number of Americans, and a majority of them now know that neither Trump nor Republicans care about the middle class any more than they do the poor. The poll’s results proves that the same majority believe Democrats do understand, and care about, the middle class’ plight. It is just too bad they are impotent to do anything to help them.

 

Across America a Majority of Voters Say Republicans Are On the Wrong Track

 

 

Americans are, if nothing else, a strange lot; and it goes far beyond their belief that the Sun only rises because they draw breath as citizens of the United States. One of the strangest behaviors over the past several months was many Americans’ various levels of support for corrupt Trump they claimed was because they wanted the country to go in a different direction. In particularly representative fashion, directly after the election a bevy of professional women said they only voted for Trump because they thought the country had been headed in the wrong direction for eight years; it was time to reverse course. Now, however, a new poll reveals that women and men from every demographic in the population say with Trump and Republicans running the government, the nation is definitely on the wrong track and despite they wanted a change in direction, the country is on the wrong track.

What was, and still is, a monumental mystery to this author is why in dog’s name after several years of record job growth, a healthier population, relative peace, more universal equality, and economic good health a damn large number of voters believed those achievements were wrong for the country. In fact, many voters cognizant of the economic and social justice progress during the Obama Administration still thought that progress signified “America on the wrong track.”

According to a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll, “the majority of voters from virtually every demographic currently believe the United States is ‘on the wrong track’ under Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.” This isn’t a simple case of buyer’s remorse; a majority of the country is terrified at the direction Trump and his Republican facilitators in Congress are taking the nation because everyone is in the GOP’s crosshairs.

One always hears about the Trump and Republicans’ firewall of support in rural areas and the former Confederacy, and constant propaganda that their supporters are overwhelmingly satisfied with the job they’re doing in Washington, but even that group believes that “the United States is on the wrong track” now that Republicans control the entire government. In fact, the dissatisfaction with Trump alone has resulted in a 5-percent rise in nationwide support for his impeachment in the last week.

As an aside, one would inform all those dissatisfied rural and Southern voters that getting Trump out of the White House will not change the direction of the country one iota, or alter the way Republicans want to govern to benefit the rich and corporations. An administration under Pence will be exactly like Trump’s only without daily Twitter crises. Instead there will be a crisis of a never-before-seen crusade to implement evangelical theocracy to accompany massive cuts to government programs and gargantuan tax cuts for the rich.

What the poll revealed is that for the first time in quite a while there is beginning to be “a striking sense of unity” among the population, and it’s not just unity among one socio-economic, regional, gender, or racial demographic. For example, “Americans living in urban areas were only slightly more likely than those living in rural areas to be concerned that Trump and Republicans are leading the nation down the wrong track.” City folk and those living in liberal coastal areas are only slightly more worried (60 percent) about the train wreck the GOP and Trump have the nation on than those in the South and rural areas (57 percent).

A majority of voters across the nation think Republicans are leading them in the wrong direction and it belies conventional wisdom that the GOP and Trump “own the heartland and Confederacy.”  It leads one to reassess the idea that Southern and rural Americans aren’t as savvy as those in urban and left-leaning coastal areas; a majority of all Americans are finally coming to grips with the reality that their beloved nation is headed for a big conservative fail. And that conservative fail is being attributed to Republicans in Congress as much as the idiot in the White House.

What was particularly telling is that dissatisfaction with Republicans and Trump is nearly the same for blue-collar workers as it is white-collar workers. That dissatisfaction with the current government was reflected in the percentage of Americans earning over $100,000 annually (55 percent) and those earning under $50,000 (61 percent). Of course the richest one-percent likely approve of the GOP-Trump agenda, but only if they get their monumental tax cuts as promised. That group’s opinion was not included in the poll.

It was also revealing that the majority of Americans of all racial backgrounds firmly believe the nation is “on the wrong track” under GOP rule and it disproves the mindset that among white Americans Trump and the Republicans can do no wrong in changing the direction of the country. Nationwide, 74 percent of African Americans, 57 percent of white Americans, 52 percent of Hispanic Americans and 64 percent of “other ethnicities” stated the country is headed in the wrong direction after just 5 months of a Republican-controlled government.

No-one should be surprised that the percentage of women (64 percent) claiming the country is on the wrong track is higher than men (54 percent) regardless of income, geographical region, religion or race. The Trump-Republican anti-women policies became evident on day one of the new administration and that was before their religious overlords began applying pressure on the GOP-controlled Congress for theocratic legislation targeting women’s rights as remuneration for evangelical electoral support.

Although there is a majority of the population dissatisfied with Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress “among a wide-ranging and diverse group of Americans,” no-one should be fooled into thinking there is a new sense of unity among the American people. Of course there is universal “resistance to, and dissatisfaction with” the current Republican government, but it is most likely because all Americans save the filthy rich now know that this Republican group is targeting every demographic for some kind of assault.

It may be the case that many Americans are laser-focused on the latest White House scandal, but one suspects it is the administration and Republicans’ harmful policies informing a growing majority of the population that Trump and Republicans are taking the country in the wrong direction. It is something that no small number of liberal opinion writers and pundits spent a year-and-a-half warning was going to happen, but few listened and now everyone is going to suffer.