A new book by political historians John B. Giudice and Louis Teixeira warns the Democratic Party that it is losing a key voting base of working-class minorities.
Twenty years ago, Judith and Teixeira published a book arguing that the “emerging democratic majority” is made up of the working class, minorities, young people, women, and educated professionals.
But in their new book, “Where Have the Democrats Gone?: The Soul of a Party in Times of Extremes,” Judith and Teixeira argue that the Democratic Party “has lost its allegiance to 'ordinary Americans,' working and middle-class people.” “We are steadily losing our lives.” These are the class voters who formed the core of the former New Deal coalition. ”
“Initially, most of these voters were white, but in the last election, Democrats also began to lose support from working-class Latino and Asian voters,” they wrote.
“Democrats continued to enjoy large margins among Black voters, but here again that margin decreased by 5 points in 2020 compared to 2016,” they continued. “In 2022, Democrats lost even more support among Black voters, compounding their losses from 2020.”
Part of the reason, they argued, is the changing political landscape under former President Donald Trump and the left's embrace of what conservatives describe as “woke politics.”
“What has begun to occur over the past decade is a defection of working-class voters, pure and simple,” they write. “This is something I never anticipated when I wrote “The Emerging Democratic Majority.'' Losing working-class voters, who make up the majority of the electorate, would mean that the Democratic Party would not only become the majority party; , which could hurt its chances of competing with Republicans.
“We believe Democrats need to look in the mirror and examine the extent to which their failures have contributed to the rise of the most pernicious trends on the political right.”
Mr. Giudice and Mr. Teixeira detailed the Democratic Party's losses among nonwhite working-class Americans in recent interviews with Time magazine.
Mr. Teixeira argued that Mr. Trump has found a way to exploit weaknesses in the Democratic Party that will still give him an advantage in the 2024 presidential election, and that he remains a strong front-runner.
“But 2020 marks a new turning point,” Teixeira said. “And that has been growing for some time, and that is the defection of non-white working class voters to the Democratic Party.
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“If you look at the polling data that has been collected over the last year or two, we see that Democratic weakness among non-white voters, particularly Hispanic and black working-class voters, is quite pronounced,” Teixeira said. continued.
“They're aware to some extent that this is a problem. On the other hand, they're very passionate about this set of cultural issues. They're social media, college-educated 'liberals.' He is worried about backlash from voters. They are increasingly becoming a loyal base of the Democratic Party.
“Trump understood that, and he took advantage of it. He continues to take advantage of it. Trump continues to get votes for it. And Democrats don't realize that.”
Giudice and Teixeira aren't the only ones sounding the alarm about the problems facing Democrats.
senator bernie sandersIn a speech at Saint Anselm College in August, Vermont Governor I told Democrats to focus on economic issues or risk losing the 2024 election.
Polls show Biden's approval ratings are at record lows and he will fall behind Trump in a 2024 matchup.
“It is deeply concerning that recent polls show that the Democratic Party is losing support within the Latino community and even among African-American men,” he said. “This has to change, not just for the well-being of the Democratic Party, but for the future of our country.”
A Times/Siena poll conducted in July showed Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump by just 16 points among non-white, non-college-educated voters.