America underwent such radical changes during the Obama years that many people were no longer able to recognize their own country, a new survey has found.
This goes a long way to explaining why Trump won the election. It’s not the only reason but it’s one of the big ones.
Survey: Nearly Half of White, Working Class Americans Say They ‘Feel Like a Stranger in Their Own Country’
A poll released the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic on Tuesday examining sentiments held by white, working class adults found that almost half surveyed felt that they had become “strangers” in their own country.
Overall, 51 percent of Americans think American culture has not changed for the worse since the 1950s, while 48 percent believe it has. Among the white, working class, 65 percent think it has changed for the worse, while 34 think it has gotten better. “Family values in general have gone to complete shit since the 1950s, [is] the best way to put it,” one female respondent said.
This finding is fascinating:
For many white working-class Americans, the pace of cultural change has left them wondering about whether and where they fit in American society. Nearly half (48 percent) of white working-class Americans say, “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country.” Slightly more than half (51 percent) of white working-class Americans disagree. In contrast, only about one-quarter (26 percent) of white college-educated Americans report they often feel like a stranger, while nearly three-quarters (74 percent) reject the notion.
This also explains the left’s open hostility to Trump voters.
Liberals thought they were finally in permanent control of the country. They were wrong.