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Sean McElwee is a research associate at Demos. Follow him
Trump’s Supporters Believe a False Narrative of White Victimhood—and the Data Proves It
Posted on: Feb 12, 2017, Source: Salon
Trump voters believe that whites and Christians face discrimination—but they call the left sensitive snowflakes.
What Went Wrong with the Democratic Party? Three Big Failures That Led to the Current Debacle
Posted on: Jan 8, 2017, Source: Salon
There's hope! But unless the Democrats can learn from the mistakes of the recent past, they don't have a future.
Race Remains the Great Divider: Even Rich People of Color Are Unlikely to Support Republicans
Posted on: Nov 20, 2016, Source: Salon
As the upper crust becomes more diverse, old truisms about how the rich support Republicans begin to crumble.
Yep, Race Really Did Trump Economics: A Data Dive on His Supporters Reveals Deep Racial Animosity
Posted on: Nov 13, 2016, Source: Salon
Still think economic anxiety and trade policy were the big factors in Trump's win? Data suggests otherwise.
White Privilege Has Enormous Implications for Policy — But Whites Don’t Think It Exists
Posted on: Sep 13, 2016, Source: Salon
White people who acknowledge privilege are more supportive of racial justice; the problem is there aren't many.
The Medical Debt Crisis: The Prognosis Is Still Dire for Americans Struggling to Stave Off Massive Health Care Bills
Posted on: Aug 14, 2016, Source: Salon
Data shows Americans are forgoing care and using extreme measures to pay off massive medical bills.
Donald's Achilles' Heel: Trump's Racism Could Lose Him Moderate White Support, Data Shows
Posted on: Aug 1, 2016, Source: Salon
Trump's overt bigotry could drive Independent whites to the Democratic party.
The Myth of the Democratic Rift: Despite Media Hot Air, the Data Show Sanders Supporters Will Embrace Clinton
Posted on: Jul 18, 2016, Source: Salon
Hot takes might suggest otherwise, but the truth is, the Democratic Party is quite unified.
Language Matters: Concerns About 'Political Correctness' Are Deeply Intertwined with Race
Posted on: Jul 3, 2016, Source: Salon
Data supports the partisan and racial divides in beliefs about inclusive language that Trump's run has exposed.
Rahm Emanuel’s Political Machine Is Overwhelmingly White: Here’s Why It Matters—Even Beyond Chicago
Posted on: Apr 29, 2016, Source: Salon
The donor class is dominated by whites, which could hamper progress towards to racial justice.
The GOP’s Lottery-Ticket Philosophy: How Extreme Wealth is Deranging American Politics
Posted on: Apr 4, 2015, Source: Salon
A new study sheds light on just how large an impact money has on political affiliation.
The Myth Destroying America: Why Social Mobility Is Beyond Ordinary People’s Control
Posted on: Mar 7, 2015, Source: Salon
Research suggests that the American Dream is based on lies.
Why We Can't Let the GOP Pretend to Be the Party of the Middle Class
Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: Salon
On a number of economic indicators, the country fares far better when a Democrat is in office.
In Defense of Divorce
Posted on: Feb 8, 2015, Source: Salon
Pols on both sides of the aisle obsess over the importance of "family structure." Here's why they miss the point.
The True Cost of Citizens United: The Roberts Court’s Darkest Hour Revisited
Posted on: Jan 25, 2015, Source: Salon
Five years ago, conservatives on the high bench changed American elections forever. Here's what happened next.
America Has a White Millennial Problem
Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: Salon
The next Great Generation may not be a liberal one.
How Walmart and Home Depot Are Spending Millions Buying Politicians
Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: The American Prospect
Big Box retailers are seeing big gains in political influence as they pour endless amounts of money into the process.
The Republican Party’s Electoral Philosophy: Cheating Wins
Posted on: Oct 25, 2014, Source: Salon
The explosion and enforcement of restrictive voter ID laws make this one thing very clear.
This Is Your Brain on Money: Why America’s Rich Think Differently Than the Rest of Us
Posted on: Oct 11, 2014, Source: Salon
Nobody's perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths.
Why the Right Is So Freaked Out about the Inconvenient Truths of Actual U.S. History
Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: Salon
Conservatives are going bonkers over "unpatriotic" history tests. Time for a little tutorial.
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