It’s yet to be seen whether Trump’s stamp on the Republican electorate will be indelible or wash away once he’s gone. Since becoming the de facto spiritual leader of the party in late 2015, though, immigration has jettisoned to the top of the issue importance list and free trade has come to be seen if not as the god that failed then at least as the god whose worshipers are experiencing a serious crisis of faith.
The following graph shows percentages, by selected demographic characteristics, who say it is more important “to keep industrial jobs in the U.S., even if prices in stores are higher” than it is “to keep prices low, even if some jobs are lost”. “Not sure” responses, constituting 24% of the total respondent pool, are excluded:
The next graph shows pro-trade deal sentiment as measured by support for “the federal government negotiating more free trade agreements like NAFTA”. Sentiment is calculated as (2*%strongly support)+(%somewhat support)-(%somewhat oppose)-(2*%strongly oppose). “Not sure” responses are treated as falling between “somewhat support” and “somewhat oppose”:
Democrats are the real free trade extremists!
Cato and Koch are out. Who’s in to replace them remains an open question. There are rumors of a Peter Thiel damascene conversion. But why stop there? Mr. Michael “Borders, Language, Culture” Savage has a son worth twice what Thiel is. Let’s populist like a rockstar, already!