The New York Times ran a piece talking about how a new study was disproving the narrative that Trump supporters were driven by economic anxiety. The study in question was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was written by Diana C. Mutz.
The article mentions 5 findings in the study:
- You can’t predict Trump support by determining if a person lost their job recently, if trade directly affects their financial status, or by unemployment and density of manufacturing jobs in their area.
- You can’t predict Trump support by anxieties about retirement, education, and medical bills.
- A fear that American global dominance was in danger benefited Trump and the Republican party.
- People’s beliefs in hierarchy as necessary and inherent to a society were more likely to vote for Trump.
- Trump support is predicted by a belief that whites, Christians, or men face more discrimination than minorities, Muslims or women.
#1 and #2 nicely disprove the notion “No one has anxiety about the economy except Trump supporters” (which of course no one is making). It provides some counter-evidence to the statement “Trump supporters are more anxious about the economy than non-Trump supporters” (though I imagine the two are anxious in different ways, so not sure what this proves). It provides no support to the statement “Trump supporters aren’t anxious about the economy”.
#3 is making the shocking observation that conservatives believe in America First.
#4 is making the shocking observation that conservatives were more likely to vote for Trump.
#5 is making the shocking observation that Trump supporters feel attacked by social justice warriors.
From all this we draw: “White, Christian and male voters turned to Mr. Trump because they felt their status was at risk.” Come on, be better.