The common trope of “lazy people who just want to mooch off government” is completely untrue; doubly so for the ‘borderer’/Scots-Irish culture that makes up much of Middle America, since it emphasizes economic independence and self-sufficiency. [As a corollary to this, your views do not square with the data.]
I never made any statement that strongly, so please do not mischaracterize my views. All I said was is that people tend to vote to maintain elements of the status quo they benefit from. And if you have data to the contrary, share, because I certinanly have never seen it.
You claim that ‘it’s the perception that matters’ and that no amount of contrary evidence will sway things. How exactly is this different from the holier-than-thou progressive narrative “Middle Americans are ignorant and stubborn and possibly a bit thick”?
How about just saying “Americans are ignorant and stubborn and thick”, period? It’s pretty well documented that changing somebody’s political views are neigh on to impossible without some sort of near-nuclear event, and that runs through all socioeconomic classes.
I’m not agreeing for one class but disagreeing for another class. My point is about statistics: X (economic anxiety) is correlated with Y (cultural powerlessness), which is correlated with Z (cultural anxiety). So X winds up correlated to Z, and you claim X causes Z. But if we condition on Y, we find that X is independent from Z, or even anticorrelated to some degree.
I think that’s a stretch, to argue that any of those are independent variables.