Here’s the graphic accompanying the portal into Reuters/Ipsos’ poll in which participants were asked, on election day if they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “These days I feel like a stranger in my own country”:
So it’s illegal immigrants, Muslims, blacks, SWPLs, and all the other constituencies that must be cobbled together to create the Coalition of the Fringes that are feeling lost as the country regresses, then?
To an extent, yes, in that a plurality of the country as a whole expresses the sentiment of feeling like a stranger in American society. Bowling–or, increasingly, holing up and watching Youtube or Netflix–Alone; the story of 21st century multicult America.
But Core America is where the alienation is the most acute. It’s Middle Americans who really feel like barbarians living within the gates.
The following table shows the percentages who agree–that is, who express feelings of alienation–by the limited demographic characteristics available and with the non-committal and “don’t know” responses removed. The sample size is huge (n = 45,122):
Nearly 3-in-4 white Republicans sense that the country is becoming unrecognizable. The cold culture war (that is heating up) continues to pit goodwhites on one side and deplorables on the other.
Cross-tabs on age and education aren’t available. It’d be interesting to see if younger whites on the right–who are quite open to the idea of secession–express more or less alienation than their parents do.
The first time I recall viscerally feeling a connection to the Trump movement, back in late summer 2015, was when I heard Trump say “We’re taking our country back from these people” at one of his rallies. I wasn’t alone: