Entirely fascinating claim here

While working-class white folks made up Trump’s signature demographic, it was a surge of whites with college degrees that helped him flip notably blue states like Pennsylvania. These college-educated white people, a new survey from the nonpartisan PRRI found, lack empathy on issues of poverty that place them in stark contrast with the blue-collar voters who have been identified as Trump’s base.
White college-educated Americans are far less likely to say poverty is a critical issue — only 37 percent, compared to 47 percent of white non-college-educated Americans and a majority of Hispanic and black Americans (at 52 and 69 percent, respectively). According to PRRI, white college-educated Americans are also less likely than non-college whites to say that children living in poverty is a critical issue to them (49 percent compared to 60 percent). Only 36 percent of college-educated whites say lack of well-paying jobs is a major problem facing communities.
The empathy gap of college-educated whites only widens in regions where Trump excelled electorally, like the Southwest and the Southeast. White college-educated residents of those regions are far less concerned than those without a college degree about the lack of equal opportunity in education. Nearly half of white college-educated respondents (46 percent) told PRRI that it is not a major problem if not everyone has an equal chance in life — a view shared by only 36 percent of those without a college education.

So, the educated portion of the country, those people who might, just, be expected to know which way is up, think poverty in the US is not a problem.

This is a problem because?

9 comments on “Entirely fascinating claim here

  1. Come on, Man, PRRI is non-partisan! You can’t challenge them!

    ‘college-educated white people, a new survey from the nonpartisan PRRI found, lack empathy on issues of poverty that place them in stark contrast with the blue-collar voters who have been identified as Trump’s base.’

    MY GAWD! HOW CAN THEY NOT HAVE EMPATHY ON ISSUES OF POVERTY!

    Since when does Salon get to decide who Trump’s base is?

    Speaking for ‘college-educated white people,’ I say that ’empathy’ is not a function of government. PRRI is concerned about GOVERNMENT and proverty, to which I say the government has done TOO MUCH already.

    ‘White college-educated residents of those regions are far less concerned than those without a college degree about the lack of equal opportunity in education.’

    What the hell is wrong with those college-educated whites ?!?!

  2. >writes article accusing whites of lacking empathy
    >also writes articles like “GOP RATS FLEE SINKING TRUMP”
    >JustSalonThings

  3. Insofar as I can discern a point in the piece, ignoring the fluff: it seems to state that the stereotype of Trump supporters is wrong.

    It didn’t say why the college-educated rallied to Trump. Maybe Hellary reminded them of their cruel, wicked, grasping step-mother?

    Anyway, maybe the stereotype of Brexit voters is wrong too?

  4. I don’t consider myself poor as I have a well paid job and I have a reasonable amount of savings (around 12 months gross salary). I do however have a large mortgage and an expensive wife (is there any other sort?) so I’m actually a slave to the wage.

    I despise working and would happily jack it in tomorrow if it weren’t for the above. I don’t want to be poor and potentially without my nice farm house so I put up with the shite of being employed.

    Why would I have empathy for the poor?

  5. Has anyone looked at the bigger donor groups for charities regarding poverty?

    Possibly its the exact same people that do not have empathy for the poor?

    Sorry, unless you have been poor its hard to have the same level of empathy regarding the poor as those who are living it.
    Like any other empathy of a situation or problem.

    I’m no actor so don’t have empathy for actors. Does that make me a bad person? To actors maybe.

  6. PRRI report is here.

    From a brief glance at the relevant bits it doesn’t appear to be a lack of empathy but a case of disagreeing that the solution to poverty is taxpayer funded welfare.

  7. You have a choice of lifestyles in modern, Western societies. Poverty* is one of them. The choice to obtain and keep the middle-class version requires a good deal of graft, and this tends to diminish sympathy for those somewhat less bestowed with feck.

    * i.e. real actual no-pot-to-piss-in poverty, not welfare-guzzling relative poverty

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