The Power of Magical Thinking: Overnight a 300% Increase in Republicans Who Think the Economy Is Doing Better
While many Americans are questioning the validity of our polls, given that so many did a poor job of predicting Trump's election, the Gallup Organization released a new one on Tuesday that provides insight into Republican's economic views following the election. Apparently a white nationalist know nothing in the White House was not enough to dim their confidence in the economy. In fact, according to the poll results, the election of a man endorsed by the KKK actually gave Republicans alot more confidence in the economy. Even the Democrats polled, whose confidence plummeted, are not as upset as one would think.
While the Gallup poll did not have a breakdown by race, CNN's exit polls do and provide evidence as to just how much racism didn't concern white voters. Out of 24,537 people polled, 58% of white people voted for Trump, including 53% of white women. The recent uptick in confidence seems to provide an important clue that White Americans are willing to overlook bigotry if they think it will benefit their own bottom line.
Prior to the election, when asked about their perceptions of whether the economy is getting better or worse, only 16% of Republicans told Gallup pollsters that the economy was getting better. Post election, 49% believe it is getting better. On the Democratic side, prior to the election, 61% of Democrats polled said the economy was getting better, and 35% said it's getting worse. After the election, Democrats were split, with 46% saying the economy is getting better and 49% saying it's getting worse.
Gallup's analysis cautions that, "It's too early to say whether these are sustainable gains in confidence." Still, the pollsters continue, "in the immediate future, Trump's victory has improved his party's confidence in the economy. Barring any major events, it is likely that Republicans will shift to a positive index score once the incoming president takes office, while Democrats' confidence will take a hit."
A week after the election, hundreds of hate crimes, evidence that Trump's economic policies will hurt the white working class he spent months pandering to, not to mention the months of hate speech condoned by the Trump campaign, starting with the candidate's own description of Mexicans as rapists and his famous wall, is apparently not enough to stop Republican excitement over the economy in Trump's new, hateful America.