Roughly a third of white working-class Americans said that they have cut back on food or meals in the past year to save money. A similar share said it would be difficult — if not impossible — for them to cover an emergency expense of $400. And among those who live in the same town where they grew up, only 17% said the quality of life there has improved.
Those are a few of the results of a detailed new survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and Atlantic magazine. The report reveals the economic and material hardships afflicting the white working class, one of the report’s authors says, lending insight into why so many people in this group were willing to gamble on Donald Trump, a candidate with no governing experience, in the presidential election….
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.