Five Myths About the White Working Class

This comes from a  recent report on the white working class in America conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Myth #1: White working-class Americans strongly identify with the Tea Party movement.

Myth #2:  White working-class Americans have abandoned traditional religiosity and a strong work ethic.

Myth #3:  White working-class Americans vote against their economic interests.

Myth #4: White working-class Americans are animated by culture war issues like abortion or same-sex marriage.

Myth #5: White working-class Americans embrace unfettered free market capitalism.

And here are five things that the report confirms:

1.  White working-class Americans embrace different consumer preferences, lifestyle choices, and parenting choices than white college-educated Americans.

2.  White working-class Americans are less likely than white college-educated Americans to feel connected to government.

3.  White working class Americans are more likely than white college-educated Americans to believe that blacks and other minorities have received too many advantages and government attention.

4.  White working-class Americans have concerns about immigrants competing with them for jobs.

5.  Despite being economically disillusioned, white working-class Americans strongly believe in American exceptionalism.

Read the entire report here.