(ed: i never bought that (seemingly simplistic) explanation for why people voted for trump – namely economic-anxiety – you couldn’t look at those faces without seeing the hatreds within..)
Writing in ‘The Anger Games: Who Voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election and Why?’ which appeared in a recent issue of the journal Critical Sociology – Smith and Hanley summarize their new research:
We find that Trump’s supporters voted for him mainly because they share his prejudices not because they’re financially stressed.
It’s true as exit polls showed – that voters without four-year college degrees were likelier than average to support Trump.
But millions of these voters — who are often stereotyped as ‘the white working class’ — opposed Trump because they oppose his prejudices.
These prejudices meanwhile have a definite structure – which we argue should be called authoritarian: negatively – they target minorities and women; and positively – they favor domineering and intolerant leaders who are uninhibited about their biases.
Furthermore the authors report – what unified Trump’s voters was not ‘economic anxiety’ but prejudice and intolerance.
What they define as authoritarian views were ‘strongly associated with support for Donald Trump’.