Trump’s Blue Collar Base Wants More Jobs And An America Like The Past

From FiveThirtyEight:

Allan Banner, an Ohio construction worker who supports Donald Trump for president.

MADDIE MCGARVEY

WARREN, Ohio — The description of Donald Trump’s voters compiled by Gallup — they “are older, with higher household incomes, are more likely to be male, white non-Hispanic … less likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher education … more likely to work in a blue-collar occupation” — could also describe Allan Banner, an Ohio construction worker.

Banner, 66, grew up on a farm in Liberty Township, Ohio, between Youngstown and Warren, that his family has owned for nearly 200 years. He and his wife have four children, all of them college graduates, and two grandchildren. Last year, he went back to his longtime occupation of operating heavy machinery after retiring as the head of the voting machine department for the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Trumbull County is “a great area because the cost of living is very low,” he said, “but it’s very low because there’s not great jobs here.”

Banner supports Trump because he believes the candidate will be the best at “getting the government out of the way” of business, and dealing with immigration.

“If we weren’t giving welfare to people that are coming in across the Rio Grande or other places,” he said, “then they’re not going to come except those that are actually coming to work.”

A national CNN/ORC poll released last week showed that 68 percent of likely voters who are white and without a college education support Trump, while 24 percent support Clinton. Among college-educated whites, 49 percent chose Clinton in the poll, and 36 percent chose Trump. As FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten has written, if these trends hold, Trump would become the first Republican presidential candidate to lose …

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