As election post-mortems continue, views vary on what happened in this year’s vote that fooled nearly all the pundits. While the debate continues to rage in some quarters, nearly every credible source has confirmed that across battleground states, from urban to rural districts, a powerful, large scale and often under-appreciated voter cohort materially changed the election outcome.
It appears that many working-class citizens voted the way they did because they feel they have not been given a “fair deal” in the 21st century workforce. This group also argues that many economic and social policies over the past 25 years have not trickled down to the bulk of the population. In addition, they also often feel “those in charge” are too distant from the concerns and sensibilities of the blue-collar worker.