Says racism played larger role in Trump presidential win than income or authoritarianism – Sky Valley Chronicle

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(NATIONAL) — A newly released American National Election Study that analyzed voters and their motivations in the 2016 election reveals a bit of insight into the elements that propelled Donald Trump to victory.

The publicly funded American National Election Study included 1,200 participants. It’s been conducted for every election since 1948.

This new study took a look at key factors involved in the 2016 election. The Washington Post analyzed three key motivators for voters: income, authoritarianism and racial attitudes.

In terms of income, wealthier voters tend to vote for the Republican candidates and low-income voters lean toward Democratic candidates but that was not the case for the most recent presidential election.

“2016 was plainly an anomaly,” says the Post analysis. “While the wealthy are usually most likely to vote for the Republican, they didn’t this time; and while the poor are usually less likely to vote for the Republican, they were unusually supportive of Trump. And the degree to which the wealthy disdained the 2016 Republican candidate was without recent historical precedent.”

Authoritarianism, interestingly did not appear play a major role for Republican voters in this past election cycle, but racial views did.

The Washington Post analysis, titled “Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism,” found that, “Since 1988, we’ve never seen such a clear correspondence between vote choice and racial perceptions. The biggest movement was among those who voted for the Democrat, who were far less likely to agree with attitudes coded as more racially biased…racial attitudes made a bigger difference in electing Trump than authoritarianism.”

And this from the Post article:

“Since 1988, we’ve never seen such a clear correspondence between vote choice and racial perceptions. The biggest movement was among those who voted for the Democrat, who were far less likely to agree with attitudes coded as more racially biased…racial attitudes made a bigger difference in electing Trump than authoritarianism.”

What does the study suggest? It suggests that liberal and left leaning Americans who thought racism played a key role in President Trump’s election, perhaps the defining role, may well have hit the proverbial nail on the head.

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