The chart below is the result of a poll of 1,000 Americans who mirror the population of the country as a whole. The question they were asked was:
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
- Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.
- Over the past few years, average Americans have gotten less than they deserve.
Most blacks and Clinton voters are in very close agreement: neither group has gotten what they deserve.
By the same percentage, whites think that average (i.e. mostly white) Americans haven’t gotten what they deserve. Blacks, however, have done well.
Trump voters also agree that average Americans haven’t gotten what they deserve. They’re very sure, however, that blacks have been living on easy street.
The political scientist who reported the results concludes:
It appears, then, that Trump voters weren’t simply motivated by their widespread belief that average Americans are being left behind. Rather, their strong suspicion that African Americans are getting too much—a belief held by the overwhelming majority of Trump voters—was a much stronger predictor of their vote choices in last month’s election.
Racially resentful beliefs that African Americans are getting more than they deserve were so strongly linked to support for Trump, in fact, that their impact on both the 2016 Republican Primary and the general election were larger than they had ever been before.
Another conclusion we should draw is that America’s race problem and America’s politics won’t improve much until there are fewer of us white people around.