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Macomb County

Macomb & America's New Political Moment
Monday, May 07 2018
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On the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency, Democracy Corps traveled to Michigan to speak with the white working class Obama-Trump voters of Macomb County, the African American women of Detroit and the college educated women of suburban Southfield. Each, in their own way, had contributed to one of the most unlikely political outcomes in American history in 2016; and now, each is contributing to an unprecedented level of politicization, polarization and genuine fear for the future of the country. That is the consequence of the Trump election and the context as the country heads into the 2018 election.

This research comes a year after Democracy Corps and The Roosevelt Institute held our first post-2016 focus groups in Macomb County. Democracy Corps and the American Federation of Teachers returned to Macomb to catch up with these Trump voters and Detroit-area base voters.


Read the Macomb report everyone is talking about
Monday, March 27 2017

"Stan Greenberg: Presidential Pollster" appearance on Katie Couric Podcast
Renowned Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has advised the likes of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela. But he first made a name for himself studying white working class voters. His seminal 1985 report on so-called Reagan Democrats examined why auto workers were abandoning the Democratic Party in Macomb County, Michigan. Greenberg joins the podcast to discuss how the 2016 election gave him déjà vu, why he’s been spending time in Macomb again and what he’s hearing from Trump supporters there. Plus, a caller in Chicago gets on the line to explain why she went from being a lifelong Democrat to voting for Donald Trump.
“Trump's Core Supporters Remain Loyal” by Kenneth Walsh, US News & World Report
Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg sees the same trend. Based on research he conducted among Trump supporters in Macomb County, Michigan, Greenberg told NPR, "They trust him. They know he's a businessman. They think he'll know how to cut deals which are good for the country" and "that he'll fight for American jobs."
“5 Reasons All Democrats Must Oppose Gorsuch” by Richard Eskow, Huffington Post
Greenberg and co-author Nancy Zdunkewicz found that while many Trump voters are too bigoted to be reachable, many are socially liberal. While these voters still support Trump, at least for the moment, many were disheartened by Trump’s cabinet appointments of “million-dollar campaign donors” and “bankers from Goldman Sachs.” Trump’s tax breaks for billionaires made him seem like “a typical politician.”
“Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern” by Jim Zarroli, NPR Morning Edition
Democratic political strategist Stanley Greenberg recently returned to Macomb County, Mich., to talk to Trump voters. Among his many findings was that the president's supporters aren't particularly concerned about Trump's conflicts of interest, an issue that has gotten widespread attention. Trump's refusal to release his tax returns barely came up in the discussions, Greenberg says.
“Trump Voters Stand by Their Man” by Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg News
Greenberg conducted four focus groups in February with a total of 35 white voters without college degrees -- Trump's base. As he wrote in his report, "racist sentiment, Islamophobia and disdain for multiculturalism" probably put many of these voters beyond the reach of Democratic appeals. But those for whom race is not decisive won't necessarily be easy to lure back to the Democratic camp either, according to Greenberg's report. 
“Trump country divided over health care” by Alex Thompson, Vice News
Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg recently found similar frustration and muddled political philosophy among working-class Trump supporters in Michigan’s Macomb County, the home of “Reagan Democrats.” In the report released March 10, Greenberg concluded that “they are no longer talking about ‘repealing’ Obamacare… they ‘don’t know what the alternative is, but something had to be changed’ and they are totally focused on bringing down costs.”
“The Michigan "Reagan Democrats" voters who went for President Trump” Stan Greenberg appearance on CBS News Live’s “Red & Blue”
President Trump was the first Republican to carry Michigan since it supported President George H.W. Bush in 1988. Trump earned outsize support in Macomb County, where Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg coined the term "Reagan Democrat" in the mid-1980s. Greenberg returned to Macomb County in February and sat down with voters who'd backed both President Obama and President Trump. Greenberg joins "Red & Blue" to discuss what he learned.
“Democrats should offer solutions, not silence, on health care” by James Downie, Washington Post
In February, Democracy Corps’s Stan Greenberg conducted a focus group in Macomb with Democrats and independents who shifted to Trump after voting at least once for Obama to see whether they might return to the Democrats in the future. What issue came up most? “The cost of health care dominated the discussion in these focus groups,” Greenberg writes. “They speak of the impossibly high costs and hope Trump will bring ‘affordable healthcare.’ ”
“The Daily 202: Reagan Democrats give Trump a long leash – but deeply distrust GOP” by James Hohmann, Washington Post
“Repairing health care is what they expect him to do,” Greenberg said. “If it doesn’t happen, though, I believe they will think it’s because of the Republicans in Congress first and foremost, rather than Trump.” (Greenberg and Nancy Zdunkewicz, of Democracy Corps, wrote a 17-page memo summarizing their findings. It’s worth reading in full.)
“Report: Trump voters in Michigan like economically populist Democrats” by Jeff Stein, Vox
A new report says one way for Democrats to win these voters back is to more aggressively attack Wall Street, corporate tax breaks, and international free trade deals. On Friday, the progressive think tank the Roosevelt Institute and Democracy Corps released a 17-page memo detailing extensive focus group studies with 35 Democrats and independents in Macomb who voted for Trump.


Macomb County in the Age of Trump
Thursday, March 09 2017
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The path for Democrats to take back Trump voters and win down-ballot runs through the nation’s working class communities, starting in the formerly industrial states and Upper Midwest. That is why Democracy Corps decided to conduct our first focus groups of 2017 in Macomb County, Michigan, joined by the Roosevelt Institute.

As Greenberg recently wrote for The American Prospect, Democrats don't have a white working class problem, as so many have suggested. They have a working class problem that includes working people in their own base. We can learn an immense amount from listening and talking to the white working class independent and Democratic Trump voters, particularly those who previously supported Obama or failed to turnout in past presidential contests. What better place to listen to them than Macomb County – a county that Obama carried twice and easily could have delivered Trump his margin in Michigan in 2016? After all, this is the county where Stan Greenberg first studied Reagan Democrats in 1985 as documented in Middle Class Dreams and where Democracy Corps conducted a wave of research in 2008 before Macomb voted to elect the first African American president.  

Moving from the Old to New Politics: Macomb to Oakland
Wednesday, November 12 2008

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In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama held a slim national lead over John McCain but his position was by no means secure. After a bruising primary battle, the Democratic base was fractured as many white, blue-collar Democrats – critical voters in Rust Belt swing states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania – held back from the new nominee. But Obama’s appeal,combined with other trends, presented him with an opportunity to add new voters in America’s suburbs. If Obama and his allies were to fulfill their potential they needed to bring traditional Democrats back into the fold while continuing to expand their appeal to new suburban voters. Last Tuesday, Obama did just that. To better understand these dynamics, Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducted post-election studies of Macomb and Oakland Counties, two bellwether counties in Michigan that respectively represent the Democrats’ traditional blue-collar base and new white-collar voters. These surveys follow on the heels of extensive research Democracy Corps and GQR has conducted in Macomb earlier in the cycle.
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NYT Op-Ed: Goodbye, Reagan Democrats
Tuesday, November 11 2008
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From Stanley Greenberg's New York Times op-ed, Tuesday, November 11, 2008: I'm finished with the Reagan Democrats in Macomb County in Michigan after making a career of spotlighting their middle-class anger and frustrations about race and Democratic politicians. Bill Clinton wrote in his autobiography that my "extensive research on the so-called Reagan Democrats and what it would take to bring them home" was the reason he hired me as his pollster for his presidential campaign.

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