Angry White, Rich, Educated Men? Trump Voters Are Smarter And Richer Than The Average American

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It's not just "angry blue collar white men," that are supporting Donald Trump. Having received a record number of votes in a Republican nomination campaign and winning in some of the richest and best-educated counties in the country adding to victories in his more traditional strongholds of white working-class neighborhoods, statistician Nate Silver found - after reviewing exit poll data in 23 states - that Trump voters' median household income was higher than the median in every state, sometimes by a wide margin; and that 44% of Trump voters have college undergraduate degrees, compared to 29% of US adults.

Coverage of 2016's bizarre primary season has painted the stereotypical Donald Trump supporter as white, working class, and uneducated. As Quartz' Corinne Purtill reports, Trump’s popularity with that demographic led some early pundits to dismiss his candidacy, as there simply aren’t enough such voters to propel a candidate to victory.

But an analysis of exit poll data by FiveThirtyEight finds that Trump voters have higher median household incomes than the typical American, and higher education levels too.


In fact Hillary only dominates mong the very lowest of income earners in America - which is no surprise since "work is punished" at that level of income.

What’s more, Silver found that 44% of Trump voters have college undergraduate degrees, compared to 29% of US adults.

As Purtill concludes, explaining Trump’s popularity isn’t as simple as it once seemed.

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It appears, as Liberty Blitzkrieg blog's Mike Krieger details, the trump-Clinton battle is getting closer than many expected...

A Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition.


– From February’s post: Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump

The latest Quinnipiac University Survey on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election is absolutely fascinating, and presents some very bad news for team Clinton, as well as all the clueless pundits who say Trump can’t win.

The major takeaway is that Trump and Clinton are locked in a total dead heat in the three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This is remarkable considering all the heinous things Trump said on his way to the GOP nomination, and the fact that he’s barely started to “sell” himself to the general electorate, which is his primary skill in life.

Several things we already knew were confirmed by the survey, such as the fact that Clinton dominates Trump when it comes to women and minorities. Trump likewise dominates when it comes to white men. The only interesting aspect is how huge the spreads are within these categories.

The truly fascinating takeaway from the survey can be found in the details. The key demographics Clinton needs to do well in (youth and independents) are areas in which she struggles mightily in these swing states. In contrast, Bernie Sanders dominates Trump in those two categories, proving once again that he’s by far the stronger general election candidate.

Here’s some of what we learned from Quinnipiac:

In a race marked by wide gender, age and racial gaps, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running neck and neck in the key presidential Swing States of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont runs stronger against the likely Republican nominee, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today.


Clinton and Trump both have negative favorability ratings among voters in each state, compared to Sanders’ split score, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states. 

The presidential matchups show:

  • Florida – Clinton at 43 percent, with 42 percent for Trump and Sanders at 44 percent to Trump’s 42 percent;
  • Ohio – Trump edges Clinton 43 – 39 percent, while Sanders gets 43 percent to Trump’s 41 percent;
  • Pennsylvania – Clinton at 43 percent to Trump’s 42 percent, while Sanders leads Trump 47 – 41 percent.

“Six months from Election Day, the presidential races between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the three most crucial states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are too close to call,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.


“At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the GOP nominees in 2008 and 2012. And the two candidates are about where their party predecessors were at this point in Ohio and Florida.” 

Strange. We could’ve sworn all the super smart beltway experts told us Trump would get slaughtered by Clinton.


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kliguy38's picture

I still think she's hot in the pink pant suit

Mr Pink's picture

Anyone voting for hillary is a mouth breathing, knuckle dragging, Springer watching, mountain dew guzzling there's that

D Nyle's picture

All Clinton has to do is release a sex tape of her, Rosie O'Donnell and Janet Reno carpet munching, that'll bring up her numbers

Fish Gone Bad's picture

It is funny how a vote from an out of work coal miner counts exactly the same as a rich educated one...

0b1knob's picture

< Angry White, Rich, Educated Man?

< Not angry, white, rich, educated or hormonally deranged on a monthly basis.


Which describes you?

Kissy Ass's picture

Yeah bitchez! Are you one of the smart elite Trump voters?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Kissy Ass May 10, 2016 5:01 PM


LOL @ U.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Kissy Ass May 11, 2016 2:02 PM

You nailed it.....

The psyop continues.

localsavage's picture

I am waiting for the MSM to report on this like they do with all of the negative Trump news....I better get a chair

Latina Lover's picture

All  you need to do is watch interviews of SJW's spewing their "Trump is racist, sexist,  anti-gay".  When asked to substantiate their views, they either ignore you or attack with ad hominems. 

crazzziecanuck's picture

There's plenty of soundbites from Trump that shows the above.  Trump is not winning because of anything he says, and for ever good thing he can say, he'll always follow it up with some cringe worthy comment that erases any gains.  So why is he doing gangbusters?

Because people are sick of the game and the media just adores Trump, which is why they give him so much airtime.  Trust me, if the MSM knew that Trump's comments were going to hurt him, they wouldn't be running any clips of him.

Trump is Mr. Establishment playing himself off as a populist, like Obama successfully did in 2008.  Trump voters are getting played and they probably know it ... just as Obamabots did in 2008 as well.

BarkingCat's picture

Wow. First you were bashing Trump and now I see this a new tactic.

Your still wrong. No piss off and go back to jacking off to photos of Justin Biber...or perhaps your prime minister.

crazzziecanuck's picture

What?  Pointing out the cleanest dirtiest shirt is a tactic?  lol  Remember, once bitten.  Twice shy.  It's like 2008 all over again but on the GOP side this time.  Outside figure who moves in to displace the establishment appointees on a populist wave.

Bet the DNC didn't see 2016 coming when the shoe is now on the other foot.  That is, forcing voters to chose between the lesser of two evils which seems destined to fail spectacularly this year.  Up in flames might be a bit dramatic, but it seems to be heading that way.

Continuing on, what are the chances that the DNC would learn the lesson of 2016?  Think they'll learn from putting up Goldman Sach's warmongering chickenhawk who never met a war she didn't like?

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

On Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement, there is not a Socialist alive that can make an argument that starts above the "Contradiction" level. Socialists literally NEED a Conservative to do/say something first so they can contradict it.

The reason for this is because their politics are not grounded in any kind of fact of logic. Their politics are based on entitlement and wanting to prevent a Conservative from "getting their way" at any cost.

Social Justice Warriors can barely start as high up as "Contradiction" as their political bias is soley about discrediting the Conservative at the "Ad Hominem" level which usually goes lower very quickly.

Exhibit "A" is below.

didthatreallyhappen's picture

a lot of them like to bang sticks together to make noise.  they have no words of value and believe lots of noise will carry the day.  sounds like a bunch of wild animals...

Automatic Choke's picture

Bernie isn't available for the D nomination......he is going to be VP pick for Trump.

38BWD22's picture



Ha ha ha ha ha that Trump voters are smarter than $hillary D-Teamers.

Made my afternoon.  

Well so did this (a new public piece):

Kissy Ass's picture

You are the man Bearing! Yeah!

38BWD22's picture



Well, here's another little tasty treat.

Big Time $hillary donator Donald Sussman named in "Panama Papers" leak:

Kayman's picture


"Yesterday I couldn't spell Hillary shill; now I is one."

crazzziecanuck's picture

Would you call Victora Nuland "intellligent?"  How about Obama?  What about Paul Krugman?

Some of the dumbest people on the planet are the most "educated."  George W. Bush clearly illustrates the value of an Ivy League education.  Modern education is about the elimination of ethics and common sense to better create interchangeable cogs for the corporate machine.  The modern diploma has become a substitute for intelligence.  My former employer refers to the diploma as the new "union card."

Makes me ashamed to have one most days.



lol, forgot the 'c' in education

markpower49's picture

Anyone against Trump is a traitor, to his country and race. Trump may or may not fail, but there is no alternative candidate worth a damn.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) markpower49 May 11, 2016 2:07 PM

"Anyone against Trump is a traitor, to his country and race."

Spoken just like a Nazi. 

You Trumptards are too stupid to survive World War 3. 

drendebe10's picture

I will vote for trump just to give the finger to the arrogant bastard do nothing republicant establishment.  Paul Ryan, the bushes and mitt the nitwit can all go piss up a rope... fukemall...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) kliguy38 May 10, 2016 3:49 PM

You have to be insane to not vote Trump.

They are destroying the entire west.

38BWD22's picture



Partly disagree.  You can be stupid and vote for Hillary.

Or a SJW Totalitatarian.

Or a freeloader.

Or an Illegal (hey, "they'll vote D for centuries").

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Chris Dakota May 11, 2016 2:08 PM

"You have to be insane to vote."

Fixed that for ya. 

Golden Phoenix's picture

It's pink so you can tell her and John McCain apart.

813kml's picture

McCain wears monogrammed Depends as secondary ID.

Berspankme's picture

McCain prefers his lime green pantsuit. Apparently it's Lindsey's favorite color

Artemis Rand's picture
Artemis Rand (not verified) Berspankme May 10, 2016 5:36 PM

I thought it was brown. You know, to match his nose.

iClaudius's picture

I always thought McCain preferred yellow.

Implied Violins's picture

McCain goes commando. Because he sucked at it in real life.

adanata's picture


"...too close to call...cough..." I think I've heard that somewhere before. Awwww... SO close...we thought _______was going to win/lose but the news reports said the whole country was split right down the middle...

Artemis Rand's picture
Artemis Rand (not verified) kliguy38 May 10, 2016 5:35 PM

Jesus fucking Christ dude. You either must have low standards or haven't seen a proper woman in a long time.

Shizzmoney's picture

Putin is going to destroy this Thatcherite cunt if she gets in office

EuroPox's picture

Do they have offices in prison?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

By offices, you really mean "passing the baton", right?

nuubee's picture

The SNL skit should be Hitlery repeatedly hitting the "Reset" button to try to deal with Russia.

EuroPox's picture

Let's hope they get the spelling right this time.