Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, asserted on Newsmax that there is a shift of working-class voters from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
During an appearance on “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Tuesday, Schlapp argued that Democrats were increasingly associated with Hollywood elites, while Republicans were gaining support from ordinary voters across different races and religions.
Schlapp described working-class voters, saying they often include union workers who prioritize family, may attend church, are likely gun owners, and share values that are at odds with some of the Democratic Party’s recent stances.
He pointed out that in the 2016 election, former President Donald Trump attracted many of these union and non-union working-class voters, particularly in the Midwest, which contributed to his electoral success.
Schlapp believes that Trump is likely to continue gaining support from working-class voters, including Black and Hispanic working-class individuals, in the 2024 election, as these voters tend to prioritize economic and practical concerns, often referred to as “kitchen table issues.”
While current polling suggests that President Joe Biden leads Trump among registered nonwhite voters, Schlapp argued that Trump’s appeal to working-class voters could erode Biden’s support in these communities if he fails to address their concerns.
According to Nate Cohn, a pollster at The New York Times, President Biden currently holds a 53% to 28% lead over Trump among registered nonwhite voters. However, this represents a decrease compared to the 2020 presidential election when Biden received 70% of the nonwhite vote.
Cohn suggests that if Biden cannot reinvigorate support from working-class voters by the next election, it may continue a trend of declining Democratic strength among this demographic, which has been ongoing for the past decade.