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Some people were surprised by a recent Washington Post poll showing that 57 percent of black Democrats (and those who lean Democrat) in Virginia thought embattled Gov. Ralph Northam should not step down amid his blackface scandal. In contrast, only 49 percent of white Democrats thought Northam should not resign.
The poll may demonstrate that opinions on social media don’t represent the general public–in Virginia, at least. But this poll should not be surprising, as it reflects the current state of the Democratic Party as shown in other data. How the Northam story plays out may hold lessons for those interested in the futures of Democrats and Republicans alike.
David - Freedlander - Months - Politico - Magazine
As David Freedlander summarized it a few months ago for Politico magazine: “Increasingly, the Democratic Party features what social scientists call an hourglass structure, with a smattering of elites at the top and a vast working class on the bottom. It is those on the top who drive policy, and their interests don’t always coincide with the party’s longtime base.”
The Democratic elite, moreover, is disproportionately white, while the rank and file is more diverse. That is one lesson of the large-scale polling in “Hidden Tribes,” a report from the left-leaning group More in Common.
Activists–the - Percent - Americans–were - Percent - Americans
Progressive activists–the furthest-left 8 percent of Americans–were more white than all but the most conservative 6 percent of Americans. These progressives were the only group to favor racial preferences in college admissions, yet they frame the debate in the establishment media.
The report shows the same pattern regarding political correctness. It can be argued that Northam should have resigned even before the blackface scandal, with his seeming endorsement of infanticide, but his survival is likely tied to the unpopularity of punitive political correctness outside the woke white demographic.
Paper - Georgia - State - University - Graduate
A working paper by Georgia State University graduate student Zachary Goldberg, analyzing 2017 data...
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