Decoding 2016: The Middle Class Vote

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Middle-Class Pain: Stagnant Pay Says It All - Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

The first of a five-part series on issues affecting the middle class in this election season.Plenty of American workers, fearful about their financial well-being and their perch in...

Is There a State-National Polling Discrepancy? - Sean Trende

Elections Analyst David Byler and I have both noted an apparent discrepancy between state and national polls, with Donald Trump seemingly running better in the former than the latt...

Campaigns Gear Up for July Conventions - Caitlin Huey-Burns

NAFTA and the Angry Middle-Class Voter - Carl M. Cannon

Like '92, Election Hinges on Pocketbook Issues - Goodin & Byler, RealClearPolitics

The middle class that helped elevate Bill Clinton to the presidency has changed significantly since then – large parts of it have disappeared and been replaced with voting gr...

Lujan's Plan to Increase Dems in House: Target Trump - James Arkin

Experienced Hand Guides GOP House Races - James Arkin

What Was Bubba Up To? - Chris Stirewalt, FOX News

On the heels of a private meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch the question becomes: what is he up to?...

A Strong Middle Class Doesn't Just Happen Naturally - Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic

In the 20th century, America invested in policies that created widespread prosperity. Can the country do so again?...

The Puzzling Gap Between State and National Polls - David Byler

These Rust Belt Democrats Could Win Trump the White House - Keith O'Brien, Politico

They used to be Democrats. Now they really could hand Donald Trump the White House....

Brexit and the Rising Shades of Trumpism - Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune

Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump 's presidential campaign and the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union . One of those people is Donald Trump....

The Re-Re-Re-Re-Reboot of Donald Trump - Molly Ball, The Atlantic

For the first time, the Republican nominee’s operation shows real signs of changing course. But can changing the campaign change the candidate?...

Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again - M. Anthony Mills, RealClearPolitics

In presidential politics, party professionals on both sides of the aisle live in fear of the dreaded “October surprise” that can compromise their candidates’ chan...

Don't Bend Your Knee to Trump, Evangelicals - David French, National Review

Evangelical leaders should think twice before they bend their knees to Donald Trump. He represents the subversion of all of their most cherished values....

Soaring Child-Care Prices Toughen New Moms' Return to Work - Susan Kelleher, ST

Washington state has the sixth most expensive child care in the nation. Rather than working full time to pay that off, some mothers are choosing to delay returning to work. But the...

Clinton, Sanders: Talk After Former Wins D.C. Primary - Dave Weigel, Washington Post

Tuesday: Finale to an Extraordinary 2016 Primary - Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns

Clinton Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make it Larger - Michael Barone, Examiner

Democrats Confronting Dangerous Divisions Within Party - Margaret Talev, Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton’s claim of a narrow victory in Kentucky and Bernie Sanders’ win in Oregon illustrated a deepening rift among Democrats with the potential to hobble the ...

The Bernie Sanders Trainwreck - Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg

How can his supporters protect his mission? By voting against him now....

How to Save Crumbling Middle Class - Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi, CNN

America's middle class is starting to crumble.When we delivered that message in a book called "The Two-Income Trap" back in 2003, it seemed fairly shocking. Today, not so much.A do...

Decline of the U.S. Middle Class - Noah Smith, Bloomberg

Downwardly mobile and not happy about it....

Why Is White Middle-America Killing Itself? - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

Why is Middle America killing itself? The fact itself is probably the most important social science finding in years. It is already reshaping American politics. The Post’s Je...

The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class - Jon Talton, Seattle Times

After the latest study of America’s fortunes, no one can deny that the middle class is in trouble. But addressing the complex causes behind the decline is difficult...

Despair, American Style - Paul Krugman, New York Times

A couple of weeks ago President Obama mocked Republicans who are “down on America,” and reinforced his message by doing a pretty good Grumpy Cat impression. He had a po...

Why the Middle Class Should Want to Pay Higher Taxes - Ryan Cooper, The Week

A stronger welfare state benefits even those in the upper half of the socioeconomic ladder...

The Middle Class Squeeze - Charles Moore, Wall Street Journal

Go back, for a moment, nearly 30 years. In March 1987, Margaret Thatcher visited Mikhail Gorbachev, the reforming leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in Moscow. Sitt...

Is the Middle Class Fading Away? - Megan McArdle, Cato Unbound

Middle Class Can't Afford Liberal Cities - Derek Thompson, Atlantic

Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, 63 percent of homes are "within reach" for a middle-class family, according to Trulia. But among the 20 richest U.S. metros, just 47 percent of h...

America's Disappearing Middle Class - Joel Kotkin, The Daily Beast

In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict b...

Middle Class Is Disappearing--into the Upper Class - Mark Perry, AEI

The chart above is based on Census Bureau data on “Money Income of Families–Percent Distribution by Income Level, in Constant (2009) Dollars” from 1967 to 20...

The Middle Class Is Resigned to Stagnation - Al Lewis, MarketWatch

No longer does being middle class mean getting ahead. It now means just not falling too far behind....

Progressive Policies Wage War on Middle Class - Conn Carroll, Examiner

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RealClearPolitics Events

In 2016, RealClearPolitics will create a custom political briefing for CUNA at the RNC in Cleveland and the DNC in Philadelphia. This briefing, titled Decoding 2016: Middle Class Vote, will discuss the importance of the middle class in the upcoming presidential election. The event will cover the key issues that are affecting the middle class and the ways those issues impact the election.

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Dates & Locations:

July 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Cleveland, Ohio

July 27, 12:00 – 2:00 PM: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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