A new study by the Public Religion and Research Institute (PRRI), “Understanding the Complexities of Working Class Whites in America,” shows that despite popular pundit talking points this demographic’s support for various major social movements is virtually equal across the country.
The media continues to preach a White working class Tea Party party, the abandonment of the Labor Movement and a “working class Whites problem” for Obama, but this PRRI study, highlighted by the Up With Chris Hayes blog, suggests otherwise.
Nationally, nearly 31% of respondents said that the Labor Movement shares their views while 34% aligned with the Tea Party.
In what might be a likely predictor of the Presidential election outcome, White working class voters in the Midwest and Northeast — home to several key swing states — prefer the Labor Movement to the Tea Party.
Also interesting from the report are the regional differences in candidate favorability. The numbers fall along the national norm which goes against popular conservative belief that White working class voters will flock to the Romney campaign in November.
The regional differences evident in white working-class voting patterns are also apparent in the two candidates’ favorability ratings. Romney is viewed more favorably than Obama among white working-class Americans in the South (57% vs. 29%). However, Obama is viewed more favorably than Romney among white working-class Americans in the Midwest (55% vs. 36%). White working-class Americans in the Northeast (47% vs. 41%) and the West have about equally favorable opinions of Romney and Obama (44% vs. 47%).