Working class hero? Interrogating the social bases of the rise of donald trump

Jeff Manza, Ned Crowley

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    We present a political sociological analysis of the social bases of support for Donald Trump during the critical phase of his victory in the Republican nominating contest. In particular, we test the widely voiced hypothesis that a critical source of Trump's support in the GOP primaries came from his appeal to working class and/or downwardly mobile and insecure middle class voters responding to a "populist" message. Drawing on both the ANES January 2016 pilot survey and exit poll data, we argue that Trump's rise to the GOP nomination was facilitated by a broad-based appeal that centered on voters who have levels of education and income that are well above national and primary state averages.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-28
    Number of pages26
    JournalForum (Germany)
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Apr 2017


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences(all)

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