Given the ex-governor’s “rich man” image one must respond to this post’s headline with a resounding “WHY?” Throughout the primaries Romney has struggled to relate to the middle class. He’s tried, but those attempts have shown only how incapable he is of comprehending the issues people who make less than a quarter of a million dollars year face daily, let alone what it takes to feed a family of 3 on $30,000 a year. From his $10,000 bet with Rick Perry to his “corporations are people” defense to his lament to NASCAR fans that he doesn’t watch “…as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners”, Mitt simply cannot become that “every-man” the way the middle-class raised Obama can.
So, why…why do those financially struggling people feel Romney is capable of comprehending their plight let alone represent them to the level necessary to foster a middle class resurgence? It’s a question that can be asked of the broader Republican voting base, why do so many low income people continually vote for a party that consistently favors the highest income earners and large corporate interests over the needs of the average individual?
Romney Scores Big With Financially Struggling White Voters
A new poll suggests a stark racial divide when it comes to who voters trust with their economic futures.
The Washington Post-ABC News survey suggests a pretty stark racial divide on the question of which candidate would do more to advance a respondent’s economic interests. Fifty percent of white voters named Romney as the man for that job, compared to 37 percent who picked President Obama. The Republican’s advantage was even larger—58 percent to 32 percent—among middle-class whites who said they are struggling to maintain their current financial position.
The breakdown among struggling middle-class whites stands out, in large part, because Obama actually holds a six-point (50-44) advantage on the question of who would do more to advance the interests of the middle class generally. Seventy-one percent of non-white voters said Obama would do the most to help their individual economic interests, to only 22 percent who thought Romney would. Among middle-class non-white voters Obama bested Romney by better than 3 to 1.