Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How many deplorables are in a basket?

The answer depends on which demographic group is polled.

Recent polls show that the only demographic which does not believe that Trump is biased against non-whites and women is white men without college degrees. Greg Sargent (Washington Post/Plum Line) reports in The American people agree with Clinton: Trump is a bigot. This new poll confirms it.

The Post poll, which found Clinton leading Trump by five points among likely voters nationwide, also found that 60 percent of Americans believe Trump “is biased against women and minorities,” with 48 percent believing that strongly. According to the crosstabs, college educated whites believe this by 57-41, and college educated white women — a crucial demographic that the campaigns are fighting over — believe it by 61-39.

What’s more, majorities of college educated white men and non-college white women also believe this. Indeed, as James Downie puts it: “At this point, the only group of voters that doesn’t think Trump is biased is white men without a college degree.”

So the size of the basket is like 40%, not 60%.

Beyond all the politics, it just so happens to be, you know, true that a lot of Republican voters actually do agree with Trump’s more wretched pronouncements and prescriptions on Muslims and undocumented immigrants. A number of observers murmured their disapproval with Clinton’s lack of tact in pointing this out. But this disapproval is best understood as just an extension of the fact that many have danced around the true nature of Trumpism’s appeal for the better part of a year now. That massive failure should be engaged with more openly, and maybe Clinton’s comments will help a bit with that.

Scriber hopes that we can keep public scrutiny focused on Trump the Man from Moscow and dispense with Trump the Man from Mainstream Media.

Oops - got to get back to filming elephants crossing the tributary of the Zambesi that is our front yard today. Tomorrow? Stay tuned.

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