I sat and read a piece from the Daily Caller today. A George Soros foundation group went out and spent a fair amount of money to hire three researchers to go and survey 'working-class' Americans in five cities....in an effort to develop the strategy for the 2020 national election.
Open Society Foundations? It's simply a network of groups that use money to build agenda politics.
So the study got published. The aim of this...curiously....is to look at the plain white working-class voters, and why they drifted over to Trump.
I looked at the five cities involved in this....it's an odd group. Tacoma, Washington (I lived there for a while), Phoenix, Arizona (I lived near there for a while), Brooklyn, NY, Dayton, Ohio, and Birmingham, Alabama (I grew up near there). Why these five? Unknown. Maybe it's just luck. They talked to four-hundred folks.
Birmingham is an unusual place. Typically....if you were middle-class and working-class....you probably work in Birmingham but you don't live there. Most folks have moved out of Jefferson County if they have the capital. People tend to worry about crime....thug behavior...corrupt city officials...and city bankruptcy behavior. People that live in the county and city? They vote Democrat on a solid basis...it's been that way since the 1950s.
Tacoma is an unusual place. From the crowd under forty, I'd say that sixty-percent regularly smoke marijuana. The industry of the city revolves around three things: (1) the base/Army post situation, (2) the port, and (3) Boeing crowd. It's a fairly solid Democratic vote.
Brooklyn, NY? It's an unusual place. Folks worry about the economy and crime. You can go back over the past six elections, and they tend to vote Democrat in every single election.
Dayton, Ohio? It was a one-percent win for Trump over Hillary in 2016.
Finally, I come to Phoenix. Phoenix has a general history of voting more so for Democrats than Republicans.
In the end after the Soros group reads through this business....my suspicion is that they see the need to create a Trump-equal....or a Trump-copy, and just mouth-off everything Trump promises. The problem is that you'd have to talk about jobs....a topic that hasn't been something that Democrats could deliver upon. Talk of cutting government services and trimming the budget? No....it's merely a topic that gets some light discussion and never occurs.
The value of this research project? I'd have my doubts. Maybe if they'd gone into small towns in Iowa and Mississippi....to glean a broader prospective, it have had more value. In this case? Just more urbanized topics to sharpen the current Democratic message.