At this point, you’d think it’d be impossible for this current election to shock you anymore than it already has, but you’d be wrong. Nate Silver and his team have dropped a proverbial bomb on the prevailing thinking around this election’s biggest mystery: Donald Trump’s groundswell of support.
The narrative has been that Trump supporters are a less financially well-off, working class rebellion against the GOP establishment fat cats who have been ignoring the needs of the little guy for years now. That narrative, as it turns out, is not substantiated by the facts. Trump’s supporters—while not quite as wealthy as John Kasich’s or Marco Rubio’s—are doing relatively well. As Silver puts it on his blog.
As compared with most Americans, Trump’s voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That’s lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it’s well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It’s also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.
Silver gets these figures from exit polls conducted in 23 states.
Historically, Republican voters are wealthier than Democrats, so the fact that Trump’s supporters make more money than Clinton’s or Sander’s is not overly surprising—although it doesn’t fit with the media narrative. But the fact that Trump’s supporters make more—sometimes significantly more—than their state’s average is a backwards flip from conventional thinking.
One other interesting note from the study is that 44 percent of Trump voters have college degrees. That’s less than Ted Cruz (50 percent) and Kasich (64 percent), but it’s a lot more than America’s national average of 29 percent.
So Trumps’ voters are clearly worried about national finances (Silver says “substantial majorities” in every state say they are “very concerned” about the economy). But they’re worried about an economic reality that has not necessarily, in a personal sense, manifested itself. There’s a prevailing idea you can find from some pundits that while Trump himself may be deplorable, the poor, working class whites that support him deserve to have their voices heard. And while poor, working class white people definitely do deserve to have their voices heard, there is little actual evidence they are supporting Trump.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.