Why do we have a bad economy? This is a simple question with a complex answer. If you ask Obama or Romney campaigners, the answer is simple: the other guy.
If only the answer was that clear.
There’s plenty of blame to go around, and many theories about the causes of our poor economic situation: greedy corporations moving jobs overseas, Wall Street shenanigans, Bush administration policies, Obama administration policies, job-taking illegal immigrants, and oppressive government regulation of business.
Where do white working-class Americans point their fingers? How about white college-educated Americans?
Surprisingly, they agree on several causes. Over two-thirds of each category say that a cause is corporations shipping American jobs overseas, according to a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute that we’re discussing since Monday. About six of ten members of both groups say that Bush administration policies caused the problem.
White working-class Americans are more likely to cite excessive government regulation of business, compared to college-educated whites. They also are more likely to blame the current administration.
College-educated whites are more likely to blame Wall Street, with over eight of ten citing this cause of the recession. About seven of ten working-class whites agree.
The biggest difference concerns illegal immigrants. Over half (57%) of the white working-class say the problem is illegal immigrants stealing American jobs, while only 37% of college-educated whites agree.
All week, we’ve discussed the many differences (and some similarities) between two large segments of the American population: working-class versus college-educated white Americans. How will all this play out in the November elections? Tomorrow, we end the week talking about the voting preferences of these groups.
Where do you point the finger of blame for our bad economy?
Which of the causes listed here is the number one culprit?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an experiment in civil dialogue about American values.