Upper-middle-class whites dominate Democratic Party, says analyst


Political analyst Bill Schneider on Monday said in an appearance on Hill.TV that upper class, whites have become a dominating force within the Democratic Party. 

“The Democratic Party is really becoming a party dominated by educated, upper-middle-class, liberal whites,” Schneider, a former senior CNN political analyst, told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.” 

He said that one of the consequences of the demographic change is that a number of working-class whites began to leave the Democratic Party.

“That started in the ’60s around the time of [Euegene] McCarthy and [George] McGovern, but they’ve become a more and more dominant force,” he continued. “One of the consequences is we saw working-class whites begin to leave the Democratic Party with George Wallace and Richard Nixon, and now, they’ve become solid Trump supporters.” 

While white, working-class voters swayed for President Trump during the 2016 presidential election, the 2018 midterms saw the influx of new, diverse Democratic lawmakers elected due to a young and diverse electorate. 

“The one place where that might not be true is with people under the age of 34,35,” Simmons responded. “It seems like we’re seeing white voters who are younger still sort of stick with the Democrats in a way that their parents and grandparents aren’t doing.”

Schneider said that young voters progressive values are what are driving the youth demographics.

“It’s their values,” Schneider said. “They have progressive values, and the parties today are more divided on values than they’ve been in a long time.” 

— Julia Manchester

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