which goes against your theory that it boils down to economic anxiety.
Au contraire. Low income people tend to be on public assistance. Hence, they vote for the party of public assisstance. Those who want to work, rather than be on the dole, see politics differently.
*Raises hand* I believe this.
Well, we’ll have to differ, then. To repeat myself, my position is that the immigration issue leads to economic anxiety which then translates into cultural anxiety. If you remove the middle run to that three step latter, you still may get cultural anxiety, but in a muted form.
Heck, the economic competition from immigrants is probably larger in New York or San Francisco than it is in Whoknowswheresville, Nebraska.
Probably true. But it’s the perception that matters, not the reality. If the people of Whoknows BELIEVE that their jobs are being taken by illegals, then you can show them proof to the contrary all you like.
So in that sense, wealthier people are less likely to have cultural anxiety; but even an upper-middle-class person from Whoknowswheresville lives in, well, Whoknowswheresville which presumably has basically no cultural power — the name you chose for this fictional town says it all, really. So, conditional on cultural power, I see no reason to believe that wealth correlates at all with cultural anxiety.]
Well, you’re above agreeing with me regarding one class of people, but disagreeing with me regarding another. I would caution you about looking at “cultural anxiety” as an on-off switch; in terms of “you’re anxious or you’re not”. This is actually better termed a dysphoria, and that discomfort, in my view, rises according to a continuum as their economic anxiety increases.