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People in the small towns

United States: What were Trump's chances of re-election in November? Extensive fieldwork provides useful insights into the segment commonly perceived as his core voters.

Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, only 35 percent of major city voters voted for the Republican candidate. In the huge suburbs, the number was 50, and in rural areas, as many as 62 percent put their tick by Trump. The last group includes everyone who lives in cities with less than 25.000 inhabitants, and then of course those who actually live in the countryside. That will be about 40 million people, who thus have a large share in that Trump was elected at all. Among liberal observers, therefore, there is good reason to look askance at them.

They are racists, and in their stick-conservative world, a white, male candidate will be preferred at all times. They are having a hard time financially, is another popular explanation, and therefore they resort to the easy solutions, and especially when served in a way where the level of abstraction is not too high.

The American small town is a moral community.

But this is an extremely simplistic way of presenting American reality, says Robert Wuthrow.
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