Winning Coalition: Married, Mature, Church-Going, Self-Sufficient
by TERENCE JEFFREY
November 16, 2016
Assume, for the next few minutes, that you are a Machiavellian political strategist.
You do not care about the liberty and prosperity of our nation or of future generations.
The only thing you want to ensure is that all American presidents elected after Donald Trump are liberals in the mold of Hillary Clinton.
So, what sort of cultural and demographic changes would you like to see in the United States?
An examination of the network exit poll taken last Tuesday might give you a general idea about whom your most likely future supporters will be - and it might not match the model of the liberal coalition the liberal media promotes.
Is marriage an issue? Yes.
Among unmarried voters, according to the exit poll published by CNN, Clinton beat Trump 55 percent to 38 percent. But among married voters, Trump beat Clinton 53 percent to 43 percent.
When Americans marry and stay married it hurts the liberal cause.
Is generational change an issue? Yes.
Among voters 44 and younger, Clinton beat Trump 52 percent to 40 percent. But among voters 45 and older, Trump beat Clinton 53 percent to 44 percent.
When Americans live to middle age and longer, it hurts the liberal cause.
Is upward mobility an issue? Yes.
Among voters with incomes of $49,999 or less, Clinton beat Trump, 52 percent to 41 percent. But among voters with incomes of $50,000 or more, Trump beat Clinton 49 percent to 47 percent.
Trump's largest margin, among the six income brackets listed in the exit poll published by CNN, was among those who earn between $50,000 and $99,999. Among these voters, Trump beat Clinton 50 percent to 46 percent. But he also beat her 48 percent to 46 percent among voters earning $250,000 or more.
When voters make more money - attaining a middle-class income or higher - it hurts the liberal cause.
Is where you live an issue? Yes.
Among voters in urban areas, Clinton beat Trump 59 percent to 35 percent. But among voters in the suburbs, Trump beat Clinton 50 percent to 45 percent; and among voters in rural areas, he beat her 62 percent to 34 percent.
When voters move to the suburbs and the country, it hurts the liberal cause.
Does faith play a role in our national destiny? Yes.
Among voters who attend religious services only a few times a year, Clinton squeaked by Trump 48 percent to 47 percent. And among voters who never attend religious services, she stomped him 62 percent to 31 percent.
But among voters who attend religious services monthly, Trump beat Clinton 49 percent to 46 percent. And among those who attend religious services once a week or more, he stomped her 56 percent to 40 percent.
When voters practice their faith, it hurts the liberal cause.
Now, imagine an unmarried 22-year-old, who lives in a city, works part-time making $20,000 per year, and has not gone to a religious service in four years. How would that person be likely to vote?
Suppose, then, this same person gets married, starts working full-time and overtime, earns more than $50,000 per year, buys a home in the suburbs, and regularly attends religious services with the spouse and children.
How would this person be likely to vote then?
But what if this person followed another path? They married and then divorced, decided it was not worth it working full-time, went on food stamps and never went to church.
The ultimate question is not how a person will vote, but what will give them a fulfilling life. It is not what persons will hold political office in United States of America, but what values will keep us free and prosperous.
The same values that made this nation great can unite this nation again. They are family, faith, hard work and the desire to live a long and good life without government standing in your way.
Courtesy of CNSNews.com
Terence P. Jeffrey started as editor in chief of CNSNews.com in September 2007. Prior to that, he served for more than a decade as editor of Human Events, where he is now an editor at large. Terry was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, the seventh of eleven children. Both his parents were doctors of medicine. Terry writes a weekly column for the Creators Syndicate. He and his wife, Julie, have five children and live in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C.