Sunday, February 07, 2016
Americans Think The Republican Party Favors The Rich
These charts were made from Pew Research Center surveys done in December and January of 3,509 adult Americans. They show some good and some bad news for Democrats. The good news is that a majority of Americans (62%) think the Republicans favor the rich over everyone else.
The bad news is in the two charts below. The bottom chart shows that while about 31% think the Democrats favor the poor (and 2% say the Republicans do). Those numbers show that Americans think both parties don't pay much attention to the poor.
But the worst chart concerns the middle class -- the group that will provide the majority of the votes in the 2016 election. It seems that most Americans think both parties ignore the middle class when they propose policies. Only 32% say the Democrats favor the middle class, and 26% say the Republicans do.
The party that convinces middle class voters they are on their side will win the presidential election -- and right now neither party is doing a very good job of that. It's good that most people think the Republicans favor the rich, but that is not enough. Democrats need to let the middle class know how their policies will help them.