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InsiderOnline Blog: September 2004

Study Proves I'm Not Rich or Elite

AEI's "Dem de la Creme" takes a look at how the party of the common man and the rich man have flip-flopped, so to speak.

The extent to which the parties have flipped positions on the little-guy/rich-guy divide is illustrated by research from the Ipsos-Reid polling firm. Comparing counties that voted strongly for George W. Bush to those that voted strongly for Al Gore in the 2000 election, the study shows that in pro-Bush counties only 7 percent of voters earned at least $100,000, while 38 percent had household incomes below $30,000. In the pro-Gore counties, fully 14 percent pulled in $100,000 or more, while 29 percent earned less than $30,000.

This piece offers plenty of other evidence that not all conservatives (as all my liberal friends like to assert) are children of privilege. Sometimes I feel like I should bring my modest bank statement to every debate in order to dispel the myth. But I've abandoned burnishing my middle-class credentials for the most part because, despite my income, I'm inevitably accused of the unpardonable sin of "wanting to get rich." Oh, the horror!

Posted on 09/15/04 03:01 PM by Mary Katherine Ham

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