By Dmitri Voltova – October 17, 2015
It may come as a surprise to many that Donald J Trump’s support from Blue Collar Americans (those involved in trades, manufacturing, industry, and labor) is the highest since any candidate since FDR in 1936 since Gallup began polling.
Trump has consistently shown his appeal to the blue collar sector of the economy, pulling ahead of even Clinton and Sanders in “rust belt” states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
These states have the highest share of “Blue Collar” voters in the nation, and many of them have not voted Republican in over 20 years.
Trump’s appeal to blue collar workers is in the 60% range, higher than any candidate since Franklin Roosevelt won a massive landslide in 1936 on the support of the Blue Collar voter.
Many factors are included, and analysts believe that Trump’s appeal to the working man comes from his promise to bring factory jobs back to the US, and his record as a successful businessman has been showcased on television on “The Apprentice.”
Trump doesn’t do well with just the average “White Joe Sixpack,” he also gains a large share of black voters and even Hispanics (25%, 37%).
This appeal is allowing him to win in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and also is getting him votes in Manufacturing states like Connecticut and Massachusetts. Though the two New England states may be long shots, recent polling suggests that he could make Democrats struggle in these “blue states” and waste resources there as Trump campaigns in more critical states like Wisconsin and Ohio.