News Release: Politics

Apr. 28,  2008

White, Working-Class Voters a Tough Sell for Democrats

In a new study for the Brookings Institution, Emory political scientist Alan Abramowitz and visiting fellow Ruy Teixeira analyze dramatic demographic shifts along class lines since World War II. The decline of working class whites and the rise of a college-educated upper-middle class have deep ramifications for the Democratic party, which will have to fight to keep from losing even more working class voters in the 2008 Presidential elections.

The working paper, "The Decline of the White Working Class and the Rise of a Mass Upper Middle Class," has been noted by several media outlets including TIME magazine and Salon.com.

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