Loss of Middle Class A ‘Crisis’ For Democrats

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, June 1

The Democratic Party, the self-proclaimed defender of the middle class, was trounced by Republicans among those voters in the 2004 election, according to a Democratic advocacy group that says the party faces “a crisis with the middle class.”

A report released yesterday by Third Way says support for Republicans begins at much lower income levels than researchers had expected: Among white voters, President Bush got a majority of support beginning at an income threshold of $23,300—about $5,000 above the poverty level for a family of four.

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Although Mr. Bush’s popular-vote margin of victory over Sen. John Kerry in 2004 was less than three percentage points, the Massachusetts Democrat lost the middle class—defined by the report as voters living in households with incomes between $30,000 and $75,000—by six percentage points. Among white middle-class voters, the gap was 22 percentage points.

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